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    partition question

    Hi all and thanks in advance.

    I am dual-booting 8.04 and Vista and each have a ~125 GB partition. Is there any safe way to repartition so that each only has 50GB and there is 100 GB formatted as NTFS or Fat32 so it's available to both? I have no data on this computer yet as these are both new installs.

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    Re: partition question

    Incidentally, I followed the steps here to initially install both OS's:

    http://apcmag.com/how_to_dualboot_vi...rst.htm?page=1

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    Re: partition question

    gparted can resize partitions I believe... Can anyone confirm this for me?
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    Re: partition question

    Quote Originally Posted by raichle View Post
    Hi all and thanks in advance.

    I am dual-booting 8.04 and Vista and each have a ~125 GB partition. Is there any safe way to repartition so that each only has 50GB and there is 100 GB formatted as NTFS or Fat32 so it's available to both? I have no data on this computer yet as these are both new installs.
    I would recommend that you use Vista's native partioning tool to shrink Vista's partition down to 50GB and set up a separate 100GB NTFS partition. Leave the rest of the drive as free space. Next reinstall Ubuntu on 50GB of the remaining free space. There may be other ways to accomplish your goal, but in my opinion this would be the easiest and safest way.
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    Re: partition question

    I'd really like a way where I don't have to reinstall Ubuntu. I finally got everything installed and setup the way that I like it...

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    Re: partition question

    Quote Originally Posted by raichle View Post
    ...got everything installed and setup the way that I like it....

    1. use partimage to backup your Ubuntu partition.
    2. shrink you Ubuntu partition to size you want it.
    3. Makes sure it still works after being shrunk.
    4. Then use partimage to make a 2nd backup.
    5. Delete you old Ubuntu partition.
    6. Create your new partitions.
    7. restore the Ubuntu partition from the 2nd partimage backup.
    8. reinstall GRUB.

    Lots of ways to do it. The above is a reasonably safe way. One thing about restoring from a partimage backup the partition must be the same size or larger that the original partition thats the reason you need the 2nd backup.
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    Re: partition question

    Couldn't I just shrink the vista partition using vista's built-in tool and then use gparted or something like that to shrink the linux partition?

    The partimage directions sound really complicated...

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    Re: partition question

    Quote Originally Posted by raichle View Post
    Couldn't I just shrink the vista partition using vista's built-in tool and then use gparted or something like that to shrink the linux partition?

    The partimage directions sound really complicated...
    You could do that, but where is Swap at in the mix. The end middle, or extended?
    Maybe an fdisk output would help. Also be aware of Grub not working until you re-align the partitions. Then your UUID's will change, but that's no dig deal.
    Lets start from Terminal:

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    sudo fdisk -l
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    Re: partition question

    Disk /dev/sda: 250.0 GB, 250059350016 bytes
    255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 30401 cylinders
    Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
    Disk identifier: 0xd0f4738c

    Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
    /dev/sda1 * 1 15654 125737792+ 7 HPFS/NTFS
    /dev/sda2 15655 30401 118455277+ 5 Extended
    /dev/sda5 15655 29796 113595583+ 83 Linux
    /dev/sda6 29797 30401 4859631 82 Linux swap / Solaris

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