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Frans van Duinen
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 16, 2007 12:53 am    Post subject: How to reduce partition size - safely?
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I want to install Linux on my laptop, whose only HD of 40MB is set up as
a single partition for Windows XP. There is a second drive but it's a
CD/DVD with R/RW capability.

What I want to do is reduce the size of the existing partition and add a
2nd partition for use by Linux. What I don't want to do is endanger
my existing data/partition. Or for that matter have to reload all XP apps.

My question is, what if I cut too deep and lobotomize a file or page
swap area? Is there any part. software that checks if it is safe to
make a given reduction? It would have to know what file system is in
the old partition (NTFS i think) and how much space it actually uses.


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 16, 2007 2:01 am    Post subject: Re: How to reduce partition size - safely? [Login to view extended thread Info.]
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Frans van Duinen wrote:

> I want to install Linux on my laptop, whose only HD of 40MB is set up as
> a single partition for Windows XP. There is a second drive but it's a
> CD/DVD with R/RW capability.
>
> What I want to do is reduce the size of the existing partition and add a
> 2nd partition for use by Linux. What I don't want to do is endanger
> my existing data/partition. Or for that matter have to reload all XP
> apps.
>
> My question is, what if I cut too deep and lobotomize a file or page
> swap area? Is there any part. software that checks if it is safe to
> make a given reduction? It would have to know what file system is in
> the old partition (NTFS i think) and how much space it actually uses.

gparted part of the SystemRescueCD will handle this safely for you. Many
Linux distributions have this or something like this and can/will do this
during the installation process.

SystemRescueCD: http://www.sysresccd.org/Main_Page

gparted screenshots: http://gparted.sourceforge.net/screenshots.php

Just shrink the Windows partition. Linux will handle creating the partitions
for itself. Yes I said partitions, at least one for Linux and one for the
swap partition are normal for Linux.


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Frans van Duinen
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 16, 2007 3:31 am    Post subject: Re: How to reduce partition size - safely? [Login to view extended thread Info.]
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Lenard wrote:
> Frans van Duinen wrote:
>
>> I want to install Linux on my laptop, whose only HD of 40MB is set up as
>> a single partition for Windows XP. There is a second drive but it's a
>> CD/DVD with R/RW capability.
>>
>> What I want to do is reduce the size of the existing partition and add a
>> 2nd partition for use by Linux. What I don't want to do is endanger
>> my existing data/partition. Or for that matter have to reload all XP
>> apps.
>>
>
> gparted part of the SystemRescueCD will handle this safely for you. Many
> Linux distributions have this or something like this and can/will do this
> during the installation process.
>
> SystemRescueCD: http://www.sysresccd.org/Main_Page
>
> gparted screenshots: http://gparted.sourceforge.net/screenshots.php
>
> Just shrink the Windows partition. Linux will handle creating the partitions
> for itself. Yes I said partitions, at least one for Linux and one for the
> swap partition are normal for Linux.
>
>
Sweet! Thanks
It is awesome how much code is out there.

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 16, 2007 11:08 pm    Post subject: Re: How to reduce partition size - safely? [Login to view extended thread Info.]
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Frans,

I've used Partition Magic quite often with success. It allows me to
resize the Linux and XP partions and I've never lost any data.

Chris

Frans van Duinen wrote:
> I want to install Linux on my laptop, whose only HD of 40MB is set up as
> a single partition for Windows XP. There is a second drive but it's a
> CD/DVD with R/RW capability.
>
> What I want to do is reduce the size of the existing partition and add a
> 2nd partition for use by Linux. What I don't want to do is endanger
> my existing data/partition. Or for that matter have to reload all XP apps.
>
> My question is, what if I cut too deep and lobotomize a file or page
> swap area? Is there any part. software that checks if it is safe to
> make a given reduction? It would have to know what file system is in
> the old partition (NTFS i think) and how much space it actually uses.
>
>
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