July 30th, 2002, 05:32 AM
NTFS partition resizing
This thread is in continuation of the partitioning / formatting tool thread. The situation is that I have a new PC with WinXP installed on a 80GB hard disk with no partitions. Now I want to resize the WinXP partition (NTFS format) so that I can create new partitions to install Linux/QNX/FreeBSD. I would like to do this without removing WinXP(i.e. formatting the whole hard disk). I want to know if this is possible. And if yes, how?
Any information will be appreciated. Thanks in advance.
July 30th, 2002, 05:47 AM
I won't swear to it, but you should be able to do it with Partition Magic from Powerquest. Here's a link, check it out...
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July 30th, 2002, 05:55 AM
partition magic 7 has winxp support for the newer ntfs. it works fine. FIPS is another tool you could use.
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July 30th, 2002, 08:04 AM
Used partition magic for this, and it does an excellent job.
July 30th, 2002, 12:09 PM
PM 7.0 Has WinXP support as well as support for 80 GB Drives. Have used it successfully at work many times.
July 30th, 2002, 01:35 PM
I've had partition magic totally fsck a disk with multiple partitions (FAT32 & NTFS) whilst re-sizing.
Always have a backup of any important files / stuff before re-sizing or major disk work!
As an additional benefit, re-sizing disks is a lot quicker if they're empty or not full, move the files to a safe location (ideally to another PC or hard disk) before starting just in case.
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July 30th, 2002, 04:36 PM
I'm afraid that an off the shelf partitioning tool such as Partition Magic is the only way to go. I had a 20gb drive with 2 partitions, one with Win XP and one for data. The C drive was filling up with applications and I wanted to extend it. The Disk Management util in XPs Administrative tools doesn't include the option to do this, nor does the command line option: diskpart. Basically, if the partition you want to extend contains the OS, boot files etc, then diskpart won't let you extend the partition. Hang on a sec though! Go to the Disk Management console and check out the help file. There might be a section there about creating partitions!!! I can't remember, because of course, I didn't want to CREATE a partition, merely EXTEND a partition. Diskpart is a better alternative I've found, to fdisk. Best of luck
August 4th, 2002, 07:37 AM
Thank you all for your replies. You have been a great help.