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Can someone please help me resize my WIndows partition down smaller and resize my Mandriva Home directory to be larger? I'm pretty new to linux still and I don't want ...
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    Resize Home partition


    Can someone please help me resize my WIndows partition down smaller and resize my Mandriva Home directory to be larger?

    I'm pretty new to linux still and I don't want to mess up anythign I've already done. Can someone please help me?

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    Hi - To be honest I've never resized a Windows partition using Linux based software, but a good tool for resizing is QTParted ... This is a partition manager with a QT based gui. You can't resize mounted partitions, so my approach would be to use a live distro like Knoppix which comes pre-loaded with QTParted. That way you can get at your partitions more easily.

    Back up your data before resizing (unless you don't have much to lose). Mandriva's disk drake tools will resize for you, but I have less experience with that. I have a long standing issue with one of my partitions, which is corrupted ... At some stage I just decided to leave it alone.

    It's worth mentioning that to run QTParted (or any decent partition manager) you will need to be root. If you try to run it from Knoppix just by double-clicking the software will just hang, but with no error messages. It's quite hard to get rid of those Windows habits.

    EDIT: A couple of other points - QTParted is not well maintained, so you may have to use disk drake in the Mandriva Control Centre (mcc). It also appears not to support every file system for resizing.
    I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it. - Pablo Picasso

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    BootIt Next Generation

    I've done this several times, though not recently. My favorite tool is BootIt Next Generation. I have only used the free download version.

    Going from memory, here is what you do:
    - Download and unzip the zip file, bootitng.zip
    - Make a boot disk per the directions included, and boot it
    - When prompted to install it, cancel
    - From the "desktop" click the "partition work" icon (I think)

    From there the tool is very good and self explanatory.

    All the normal warnings apply--defragment and backup your disk before you start, etc.

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