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Re: Best way to shrink Windows on new laptop?

On 31 Jan 2007, Andrew Sackville-West wrote:
> On Wed, Jan 31, 2007 at 04:15:25PM +0000, Anthony Campbell wrote:
> > On 31 Jan 2007, Anthony Campbell wrote:
> > 
> > I failed to resize the Windows partition (Windows XP) with both the
> > Debian installer disk and qparted. They appeared to work but at the end
> > the partition was still the same size.
> what exactly did it say? I've done this twice now very recently (using
> both sarge and etch installers) with 0 problems. It resized the
> partition smooth as could be (though it takes a while). It used to be
> that there were parts of the fs that were not moveable (swap files,
> essentially) and you had to turn off windows virtual memory and maybe
> do a defrag to get it to work, but I think those issues are all solved
> now. 
> As I remember the process, you select the ntfs partition, resize it
> (it will prompt you with the minimum size), wait wait wait, and then
> you are presented with a new partitioning screen with lovely free
> space. How did your experience differ?
> A

Nothing at all seemed to happen with the Debian installer. So I tried
with ntfsresize from Knoppix. This completed satisfactorily but the
partition was still the same size. It said I was next supposed to delete
and remake the partition with cfdisk, which I did. It was now the
correct size and type but Windows would no longer start.

So I restored Windows from the restore compartment and it's working
again, but of course it's now occupying the whole disk as before. 

I don't really understand how cfdisk is supposed to work with
ntfsresize. Perhaps I misunderstood the instructions. But I may have to
give up and just delete Windows completely.


Anthony Campbell - ac@acampbell.org.uk 
Microsoft-free zone - Using Linux Gnu-Debian
http://www.acampbell.org.uk (blog, book reviews, 
on-line books and sceptical articles)

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