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    safe to manage windows partion?

    Hello commuinity,
    well when i installed ubuntu i had no idea what a partion was, and i thought that the windows partion was the freespace, i reserved 86 gb's for it and left ubuntu with 47 gb's i am currently using 30 something gb's for windows, i was wondering if it was safe to shrink the windows partion to something aroung 40-50 gb's?

    Thank you for your help

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    Re: safe to manage windows partion?

    Is your windows OS running OK? If yes it should continue to do so unless you fill it up (or it fills itself up). I just did the same thing only on a bigger disk. It had no idea how much space I should be leaving for windows so I gave Ubuntu 80% of the space. Then I tested windows and it was fine.

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    Re: safe to manage windows partion?

    Yeah it is running fine but i hate giving windows so much space and ubuntu so little

    btw your signature is exactly what i do

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    Re: safe to manage windows partion?



    I will not advise about resizing the partitions, I'm not experienced enough.

    Mariane
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    Re: safe to manage windows partion?

    I've used gparted to resize a windows partition. Specifically, I've resized an XP partition (with all the stuff still on it) to make room for a win7 install so I could then move the files over more easily. After deleting the winXP partition, I made the win7 partition fill up the entire drive and it took a long time but it worked without hurting the data on it.

    It works fine, although like the disclaimer, no warranty! Make sure your power doesn't go out!

    good luck!

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    Re: safe to manage windows partion?

    Thanks, ill make sure my power cord doesn't get cut in the process
    but if i make the decision that windows is useless, will it hurt ubuntu if i completly delete my windows partion or for that matter make my computer only good as a boat anchor

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    Re: safe to manage windows partion?

    That's a question for your boot loader. If you've got a successful dual-boot right now I imagine you're using GRUB. I wanna say GRUB is robust enough to handle the missing os ... but try this thread:

    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=339973

    every time i get grub to work it seems windows deletes it so i don't have enuf experience on this issue but according to that thread, seems to work nicely.

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    Re: safe to manage windows partion?

    ok but theres just one more thing im woried about, it says that i should backup all data on my hard drive, but the stupid piece of s*** windows dosn't recognize my 1.5 tb external hard drive
    do you think its gonna go ok without problems?

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    Re: safe to manage windows partion?

    you could mount the windows partition from ubuntu and copy it across to the external disk???

    if its xp... your pictures, videos, music, stuff'll be in c:/users/documents and settings/<user name>/

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    Re: safe to manage windows partion?

    *sigh* im thinking about getting windows out complely,
    im going to install another OS on my system and all i have left is 17 gigs
    but if i do, ill lose my antivirus on it, it was the last time i could install it and i dont want that to be wasted
    is there anyway i could just backup that and delete windows?

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