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Changing Hard Drive Space

  Date: Nov 28    Category: Unix / Linux / Ubuntu    Views: 416

I have my hard drive partitioned with WindowsXP Pro and Ubuntu.
I allocated too much space for Ubuntu and would like to transfer some of it back
to WindowsXP Pro.

Is it possible to do this without having to wipe everything out or losing files
and programs?
If so please explain.



6 Answers Found

Answer #1    Answered On: Nov 28    

Probably. Try gparted or another free Linux utility.

Answer #2    Answered On: Nov 28    

Never work on a mounted partition. That means that you will have to use the
Live CD and the Partition Editor or GParted. Basically what you need to do
is resize Ubuntu first and make it smaller with the freed space between the
Ubuntu and Windows Partition and not on the end. Apply it. Then you will
resize Windows and make it larger using the freed up space from the first

There is also a stand alone Linux distribution called Parted Magic that will
do this for you. It is a Live CD. You can also use the Ubuntu CD or almost
any other distribution.


Answer #3    Answered On: Nov 28    

The Esaus PM works from Windows and will partition the C partition and
sees the EHD. I suppose it might not work on a Linux part but I have
never tried, so I don't know
My Ubutu is on an alternative drive that I physically switch when I want
to Ubuntu. I have three computers so no big deal to short time dedicate
one to play with alternative OSes.

Answer #4    Answered On: Nov 28    

I downloaded a "puppy" linux and installed it in an USB key. Puppy is a very
small Linux using the 9.04 Ubuntu files. I booted my PC from that USB key (you
must have enabled in the BIOS the booting priority order such as USB key is
booted before the hard disk). Inside Puppy I start gparted application,
unmounted the hard disk partitions which must be modified, selected one after
the other, resized... and all was done after many hours.
Last word : don't forget to backup your data before resizing your partitions.
Last last word : if you have not done it before, make a special partition for
your /home directory, you will appreciate later when you are upgrading your
Linux or want to resize partitions or do any other major task on your system.

Answer #5    Answered On: Nov 28    

I have done that many times foe people. Once you download and burn to USB it
only takes minutes to do. I do not count backing up hard drive as you are
suppose to do that any way.

Answer #6    Answered On: Nov 28    

Yep, I use ESAUS Partitoin Manager. It is free. I googled for it to get
the correct link

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