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Discussion in 'Linux and Unix' started by TRS-80 vet, Nov 10, 2007.

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  1. TRS-80 vet

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    In addition, Disk Usage Analyzer shows file system capacity '37.6G'.
    Gotta' increase that, without gettin' windows in a wad (dual load/ubuntu edgy eft/vista).

    Easiest way? It's a 120G hdd, new/empty.

    Thanks
     
  2. saikee

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    To alter the partition boundary is a specialised application.

    For Xp you can purchase a proprietary software like Partition Magic or use the free Linux Live CD like Gparted or Parted Magic. Both have been proved pretty reliable for resizing XP boundary. Use the latest versions as they are more capable and faster.

    The partition should be defraged first and each task should be carried out first, system rebooted to check the health before moving onto another task. For example change the size first and move the partition bodily in a separate task (if needed).
     
  3. RobLinux

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    Vista can do it itself : http://vistarewired.com/2007/02/16/how-to-resize-a-partition-in-windows-vista/

    I did this last week on the main OS partition, it shrunk it by 1/2. I couldn't get it to free up more space than that, despite running without swap file, and defragging.

    After defragging, I didn't bother rebooting, and it was all fine. But I was quite happy to re-install OS from DVD if it went wrong.
     
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    Thanks for the info...

    If done from within vista, will ubuntu by default have access to to the additional space?

    Or will that partition have to be adjusted also, while booted in ubuntu?

    Thanks
     
  5. saikee

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    No.

    Unallocated space is inaccessible by any OS until you decide to change its boundary to absorb it.
     
  6. RobLinux

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    In practice that means, that you have to run a disk partitioner to create a new partition in the free space. Then create a mountable filesystem on that space.

    I wanted a FAT32 data area to have worry free shared filesystem between Vista & Linux, and swap space & data space for Linux. That meant running something like gparted, or qparted from GUI, cfdisk from command line. Then I had to write a filesytem into the partition, I think I used "mkfs -t vfat -L <LABEL> <partition device>" to create a FAT32 partition. May be it was actually the partition program that built it, as I was experimenting with those tools.

    Normally I build filesystems with scripts, so I've got records of partition tables, partition scheme; and can tweak parameters and write filesystem labels for use later in fstab(5) with LABEL=FOO rather than something like /dev/sdb5.
     
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