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Resizing partition on dual config HDD

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  1. LFCamour

    LFCamour Thread Starter

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    I currently have XP and MX-16 in a dual boot configuration. The largest partition on the HDD contains XP and the smallest MX-16.

    I now need to make more room for MX-16 as I now use this as my main OS. I have 310 GB unused on the XP part of the drive and only 1.65 GB on the MX-16 partition. Ideally I would like to have about 260 GB for MX-16.

    Do I expand the MX-16 partition or shrink the XP one?
    Also, should I use GParted to do this in Linux or use the software I have in Windows (sorry, I can't remember the name) to achieve this?

    Here is a link to how my HDD looks in more detail:https://imgur.com/a/6oDREWz

    TIA
     
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    managed Trusted Advisor Spam Fighter

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    You can't simply shrink the XP partition and give the space to MX-16 with all those partitions in-between.

    What are all those other partitions for ? What boot manager is in use ?
     
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    I would use gparted to accomplish this task however before doing anything, make an image backup of this drive. If you mess up, you simply restore the image and you are back to where you started.
    With all of those partitions, I doubt even gparted can accomplish this task however it does not hurt to try [provided you have an image backup]

    If this were me, I would just clean install xp on whatever size partition you want and have linux install on the rest of the drive. Up to you.
     
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    Many thanks for all who have posted and made suggestions. When I have more time I will attempt to make a full image backup of my drive before attempting any resizing of partitions. Also, I will post back any details of how things went.
     
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    The story so far…

    I still have XP installed and booting fine, but no longer have MX-16 installed. However, I now have a partition that is approx 270 GB and formatted to Ext4; ideal for reinstalling MX-16 and thus restoring my dual boot system.

    The problem is that when I attempt to reinstall MX-16, from the DVD I originally installed it from, I only get as far as login and password. After submitting the default details I get the following message:

    bash:/msr/share/bash-completion/bash_completion/:input/output error

    Any help will be gratefully received.
     
  6. LFCamour

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    Since failing to install MX-16 from a DVD, I have resorted to using a memory stick and have used the following: UNettbootin, Rufus and YUMI. All 3 have failed to boot, despite setting the BIOS to boot from USB HDD.

    As you can imagine this is all very frustrating and time consuming and thus far, no solution is in sight.

    TIA
     
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    What motherboard do you have ?
     
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    Honestly it would take all of 2hr to clean install both operating systems. How much time have you put into trying to repairing the install? I would really backup whatever data you want to keep and clean install windows. When done, clean install linux.

    Done.
     
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