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Re: Lossless repartitioning from Win32

On Sunday 25 September 2005 02:17, Chuck Dupree wrote:
> This is my first message to the list, so if I'm contacting the wrong
> folks, please somebody let me know ;-).

No, this is the good list, although the question could probably also have 
been asked on debian-user. However, you can be more certain of getting 
the correct answer here :-)

> Problem: I need to create new partitions for Linux.  Various sections
> of the Debian docs (e.g., " Lossless Repartitioning When
> Starting From DOS, Win-32 or OS/2") appear to claim that I can resize
> my existing NTFS partition, leaving room for my Linux partitions.

The paragraph in the manual you want is this [1]:
If your machine has a FAT or NTFS filesystem, as used by DOS and Windows, 
you can wait and use Debian installer's partitioning program to resize 
the filesystem.

and [2]:
One thing which might not be very obvious at a first glance is that you 
can resize the partition by selecting the item displaying the size of the 
partition. Filesystems known to work are at least fat16, fat32, ext2, 
ext3 and swap.

> Is it possible to resize partitions with "partman", if that's what
> I'm running? 

Yes and yes.
When you get to partman:
- select "manual partitioning"
- select your current partition
- select the line with the current size, press Enter and change the size

After that you can either add new partitions manually or choose the 
"guided partitioning" option to let partman create the needed partitions 
in the newly created free space.


[1] http://d-i.alioth.debian.org/manual/en.i386/ch03s05.html
[2] http://d-i.alioth.debian.org/manual/en.i386/ch06s03.html#di-partition

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