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    resizing install partition? (ubuntu 6.10)


    Does anyone know if there is a way to shrink / resize a partition that has ubuntu install without messing up the system?

    I tried ubuntu install ("use existing space") and gparted, but it won't let me resize a partition that has ubuntu on it. I've heard that partition magic and some other software can do this, but not sure.

    any suggestions would be appreciated.

    Thanks!
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    you have to unmount Partitions before resize. if you use GParted installed in Ubuntu, its not possible to unmount Ubuntu partitions.
    download GParted LiveCD, boot from it and resize Ubuntu partitions.





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    unmounting would mean i would lose the current install though right? I was hoping to just compress partition with install down to say half of what it is, and use rest of space to create a new partition for another install..

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    NO ! unmount doesn't mean 'losing data'. unmount means unloading data from RAM so that GParted resize it. if Ubuntu's files are loaded in RAM, GParted could not resize its partitions.
    download GParted LiveCD and resize/shrink partitions. Your data is safe.
    before resize, post the output of 'sudo fdisk -l' command here so that we can check your harddisk's partition structure and suggest you accordingly.






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    Cool. actually i went ahead and did it and everything worked out great! i was able to split my 92gb partition with ubuntu on it into three ~30gb partitions without affecting install at all

    Next question is, would this work for ntfs partitions as well?

    Thanks for advice!
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    Quote Originally Posted by hughitt1
    Next question is, would this work for ntfs partitions as well?
    yes ! it will work for NTFS partitions too...







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    yes ! it will work for NTFS partitions too...
    Don't you need to defrag before to be on the safe side?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Juan Pablo
    Don't you need to defrag before to be on the safe side?
    No ! GParted take care of defrag. it defrags partitions before applying resize.







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