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Old 03-01-2008, 01:55 PM   #1
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undue free space?


I went thru a mock install of ubuntu 5.10
It said nothing would happen but it created 10gig of free space. Now windows only shows 10 gig of disk space. It is a 20 gig HD. So, how can I get the free space back into windows partition without windows install disk?? or norton disk partition or something. Can fips fix this?
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Old 03-01-2008, 02:12 PM   #2
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I am assuming you wish to make the current NTFS Windows partition to be the full 20gig in one partition. If so google for gparted live cd. Download and burn to cd and bootup with the cd and delete the last 10gig if not partitioned and then expand the ntfs windows partition.

My only warning is if you have any data you can't do without is to make a backup of it before performing any partition changing whether using gparted or even apps you can buy like partition magic and partition manager. If you have a power failure or other issue then you can trash the file tables.

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Old 03-01-2008, 02:15 PM   #3
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Does such an old (5.10) Ubuntu disk have a live-cd mode? If not, I would recommend downloading a live cd which has a partition manager (e.g., Parted Magic). You can use the partition manager to delete the linux partition and expand the windows partition to its original size.
 
Old 03-02-2008, 12:41 PM   #4
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Thanks!

Thanks guys for the responses. I do have a live 5.10 cd but it took so long to get it to load I bailed out of it. I only have 128MB of mem. But I will try it again. It's only free space and not formatted (I hope). I wonder if I formatted that partition and installe linux, would I still be able to convert it back to windows? Probably need to format it to windows , right?
It's a loaner computer and I didn't want to modify it, if I couldn't restore it. The only reason I was using linux on it was because it wouldn't boot windows and I thought looking at the partition table and messing with the hard drive would get it going again. And it worked!

thanks again,
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Old 03-02-2008, 04:25 PM   #5
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I do have a live 5.10 cd but it took so long to get it to load I bailed out of it. I only have 128MB of mem. But I will try it again.
I would recommend downloading the Parted Magic disc I linked to earlier. It has only one purpose (to alter partition tables and format partitions), whereas the livecd has many purposes (to let you get a feel of Ubuntu), and so will not stress out your system as much. It is about 40Mb and should not take too long to boot.
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It's only free space and not formatted (I hope). I wonder if I formatted that partition and installe linux, would I still be able to convert it back to windows? Probably need to format it to windows , right?
Most likely what happened is that you have shrunk your windows partition (you resized it to be smaller than it was). All you have to do is grow it (resize to take up the entire hard drive). If you already formatted the unused space to be a linux partition (but you don’t want it anymore), you can delete the linux partition and then proceed to resize as you would before. So you should be able to resize regardless of whether you formatted it.
 
Old 03-05-2008, 11:06 AM   #6
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will try it

Thanks Osor,

I tried the live cd again but it wouldn't work. I'm not able to burn iso cd's so I ordered parted magic from osdisc along with some newer linux distros.

Thanks again !
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I'm not able to burn iso cd's so I ordered parted magic from osdisc along with some newer linux distros.
If you don’t have a CD burner but do have a small usb “thumb drive” you might be able to get the 40MB thumb-drive bootable version of Parted Magic.
 
  


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