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    resizing an NTFS partition

    ok, here's the deal. i've been running Fluxbuntu on my computer for about 6 months now and am loving it, but here's the problem, i've got an 8 GB hard drive that my OS is installed on and a 2nd 40 GB hard drive that's got all my family photos and music on an NTFS partition, and i'd like to move them to an ext2/3 partition, but gparted (the Gnome Partition Editor) won't allow me to resize the NTFS partition so that i can start trnansfering my files to a Linux partition. any help would be appreciated.

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    Re: resizing an NTFS partition

    Quote Originally Posted by rockerphil View Post
    ok, here's the deal. i've been running Fluxbuntu on my computer for about 6 months now and am loving it, but here's the problem, i've got an 8 GB hard drive that my OS is installed on and a 2nd 40 GB hard drive that's got all my family photos and music on an NTFS partition, and i'd like to move them to an ext2/3 partition, but gparted (the Gnome Partition Editor) won't allow me to resize the NTFS partition so that i can start trnansfering my files to a Linux partition. any help would be appreciated.
    You will need to unmount the drive before you can resize/format.

    If you use the gparted live cd, that shouldn't be an issue.

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    Re: resizing an NTFS partition

    i don't have a CD burner, so booting from a live CD isn't an option. do you know of any bootable partition software that can be run from a floppy?

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    Re: resizing an NTFS partition

    Quote Originally Posted by rockerphil View Post
    i don't have a CD burner, so booting from a live CD isn't an option. do you know of any bootable partition software that can be run from a floppy?
    It can be done with the ubuntu live cd also. So if you have that one, try it.

    As for the floppy thing, I don't have a clue, haven't used a floppy in years.

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    Re: resizing an NTFS partition

    as i said, i don't have a CD burner and i run Fluxbuntu, which for some reason is just an install CD, not a Live CD but thanx anyways, and no, even unmounted i can't resize the partition

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    Re: resizing an NTFS partition

    Why don't you try G parted. If you don't know what that means, it's a live CD containing an extremely powerful partition editor. Try it out. it's easily available on a Google search. Go on and get cracking !

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    Re: resizing an NTFS partition

    Actually, you can do it through normal Ubuntu(Fluxbuntu in your case) by installing Gparted and ntfsprogs:-
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    sudo apt-get install gparted
    Code:
    sudo apt-get install ntfsprogs
    That should allow you to resize NTFS partitions.
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    Re: resizing an NTFS partition

    Can you boot a live-cd image from a USB device?
    Unetbootin can be use with a live cd .iso to make a bootable usb drive.

    If you got a distro .iso with gparted, and got a 1gb usb drive handy, i'd give it a shot.
    I tested the windows version, and it works real well. There is a version for Linux too, I bet it works fine.

    Once the drive is setup, you can boot from USB and partition to your hearts content.

    Ubuntu really needs to integrate a usb installer into their live-cd Especially if it's part of the autorun in windows.
    Ubuntu Live CD --> create LiveUSB
    That would be win.

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