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is it possible to make my win7 partition bigger and my linux

Postby Alex01UK » Mon Aug 12, 2013 4:06 am

izit possible to make my win7 partition bigger and my linux partition smaller? Currently have 1oo gig Windows 7 partition and 22o gig ext4 Linux partition with 64 bit Zulubuntu 13.o4 Studio on it. Am running out of space on my windows partition; only got about 1o gigs spare now. I was thinking, that I could get a util so can read / write to the linux parts, cos I really donut waanna have a go at doing this; resize my win7 to make bigger and reduce my Linux. It is a recipe for disaster, especially when I am stoned....

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Postby nelz » Mon Aug 12, 2013 8:14 am

You can do this with gparted, but you'll need to run it while booted from a live CD, such as Parted Magic.
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Postby guy » Mon Aug 12, 2013 8:29 am

Yes, a tool like gparted is easy enough to use, but you do need to be methodical and careful - stoned repartitioning can result in total data loss. ;)
So take time to understand the different types of partition and what the tool is saying to you, and back up everything that matters!

In fact the surest way is probably to back everything up, repartition/reformat/reinstall and then restore your stuff. But that's like taking the stairs when you could base jump.

So you can do it on the fly:
I'm guessing that your disk is ordered with the Windows partition first and the Linux partition/s following.
Easiest fix is to shrink the Linux space by say 50G or 100G then create a new Windows format partition in the space freed up after it. Move some of your overflowing Windows stuff across to it, until Windows has sufficient free space to be happy.
Slightly more challenging and riskier is to shuffle your shrunken partition to the end of the disk so you can just grow your windows partition bigger behind it.
Gparted comes with dire warnings that it carries no guarantee and if things go horribly wrong there will be no way back (a bit like base jumping really). Having said that, so far it has always worked for me and I have never yet needed my backups - but perhaps I shouldn't tell you that.
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Postby Alex01UK » Wed Sep 04, 2013 12:41 am

nelz wrote:You can do this with gparted, but you'll need to run it while booted from a live CD, such as Parted Magic.


Would this be better than using the gparted on the Live Ubuntu Studio 64 dvd installed on a gig stick?

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Postby lok1950 » Wed Sep 04, 2013 4:05 am

either one the main issue is whether your comp can boot from it so that it can work on your drives without worrying about gparted being wiped from RAM.

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Postby Alex01UK » Thu Sep 05, 2013 12:59 am

lok1950 wrote:either one the main issue is whether your comp can boot from it so that it can work on your drives without worrying about gparted being wiped from RAM.

Enjoy the Choice :)


Would you advise to use 13.o4 LIVE low latency kernel usb stick that boots gparted, or the gp parted on the new 13.1o early alpha? Shall I? Ubuntu 13.1o Saucy Salamander. With low latency kernel.
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Postby lok1950 » Thu Sep 05, 2013 2:38 am

If it boots use it the low- latency kernel is a none issue since the operations on the drive are not very kernel dependent.

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Postby Alex01UK » Thu Sep 05, 2013 11:48 pm

lok1950 wrote:If it boots use it the low- latency kernel is a none issue since the operations on the drive are not very kernel dependent.

Enjoy the Choice :)


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