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  1. #1

    When trying to resize partition (xp) can't make enough space

    Hi. I have win xp on my main drive and want to take my 40 Gig drive, resize it to allow for 15 gig to be used for mandrake linux. When I try to resize it says I have 29 Gig free but when I move the slider (in the mandrake install program) it will only allow me to free up 5 Gig! I have no idea why.


    thanks in advance.


  2. #2
    Linux Engineer
    Join Date
    Jul 2003
    Farnborough, UK
    Methinks that the XP install is not contigious, ie there's probably some at the end of the disk. I had a 40Gb which would only resize to give me 4Gb.

    Removed XP.

    You could try defrag first.
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    I will try the defrag first.... before I remove xp.. I have to keep xp for work related stuff (sadly)


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  5. #4
    Linux Guru
    Join Date
    Mar 2003
    I had the same problem.

    If you use a third party partition software like Partition Magic, it will work. If you don't have PM, don't fret... You can use qdparted (sp?) that comes with Knoppix.

    As a last resort, you could use fdisk
    Registered Linux user #346571
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    I do have an older copy of partician magic

    I do have an older copy of PM... will try that after defrag... then try to find a copy of the program you suggest.



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