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Old Mar 15, 2004, 08:46 PM   #1
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Default How do I resize a partition in windows?

I had a single 120GB Hard drive that I had partitioned into two one 80 gig and the on the other was like 33 gigs yesterday I bought another 120 gig and I installed it but now I want to resize my original drive back to it's full 120gb how do I do this?
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Default Re: Re: How do I resize a partition in windown?

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Use Partition Magic
yeah...even tho it tends to **** up every now and then *smashes PM CD*
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I have partition magic but every time I use it it tell me that I'm using a disk management tools and won't continue then it restarts my computer but I don't have any disk management tools installed
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Do you have a better recommendation or would you rather just bash PQ products?
wen wuz i bashing it? i simply sed it ****s up sometimes.. damn dude chill out. It's the only Partition Management tool i use.
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I have partition magic 8 and I'm using NTFS file system and I don't have compression on
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Old Mar 15, 2004, 10:58 PM   #6
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wen wuz i bashing it? i simply sed it ****s up sometimes.. damn dude chill out. It's the only Partition Management tool i use.
PM 8 is a great product, but you are right. It looks like it can f*** up sometimes. I've had it abort a few jobs abruptly now and then. It doesn't cause much of a prob except wasted time. However, one time it aborted a job and basically hosed the entire partition, taking all the data with it (version 6). Sometimes I'm amazed I still use the program given how the older version totally nuked one of my HDD's one time. Wasn't happy.

They make it very clear that you should backup your data before doing anything w/ their software, so they got their butts covered. I didn't. Bad mistake.
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I like PM, especially the DOS DISKS you can create and use. Somehow,
I feel better using them than I do the Windows interface.

That said, I still use FDISK a lot too. Not the Win98 FDISK but this other
one that is freeware that handles huge disks right:

http://www.23cc.com/free-fdisk/

There are also some free Partition Adjusting Tools like this:

http://www.zeleps.com/

That some people really like.

There are options, and that is a "Good Thing" (trademark now owned by federal procecutors)
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Thanks for the suggestion but zeleps only resized Fat32 partitions I'm using NTFS
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Quote:
Originally posted by tegnstyle99
Thanks for the suggestion but zeleps only resized Fat32 partitions I'm using NTFS
Sorry - guess I should have figured that.

Windows 2K/XP has its own built in drive manager, right?

Still, Partition Magic 8 is da bomb. I really do like it.
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Yeah it has a built in drive manager but it won't resize it just delets and formats and changes drive letters
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Quote:
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Yeah it has a built in drive manager but it won't resize it just delets and formats and changes drive letters
You don't have any disk imaging software, like Norton Ghost, right?

BTW, I've been looking for FREE NTFS resizing apps but so far have only
found some for LINUX that you can use during the install process. Not
sure if that would really help or not.

If you do have imaging software, you could backup the contents of your
boot partition to the new drive via this imaging software, re-FDISK the
old drive to 120 gig and then restore the image to that partition.

Blast it... I'll keep looking.

update:

Here is something that may work in a pinch. Please look at the text at
the bottom of the link.

http://www.linuxmigration.com/quickr...tall/disk.html

It may be a hassle, but at least the method is free.

Here is a bit of the text, without the active links:

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Shrinking a Windows NT/2000/XP partition with Linux NTFS
If the machine has Windows NT/2000/XP that uses an NTFS filesystem, one of the easier ways to resize an NTFS partition is to get Mandrake Linux 9.1, which includes the ability to easily resize NTFS partitions through a graphical user interface. You would start the process of installing Mandrake Linux. Then after you have shrunk the NTFS partition, you can either continue to install Mandrake, or you can then install another version of Linux.
Another option to shrinking NTFS partitions is by using the Linux-NTFS software. The Linux-NTFS software is used by Mandrake Linux 9.1, to do the resizing of NTFS partitions: Mandrake adds an easy-to-use graphical user interface to the Linux-NTFS software.

Finally, you could resize an NTFS partition by downloading and booting Knoppix Linux which includes the Linux-NTFS software (but does not include the easy-to-use graphical user interface that Mandrake 9.1 has for resizing NTFS partitions).
I'll keep pokin' around. It would be great to find a free NTFS resizing util.

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Yep, that works, you can also then back out of the Mandrake install once you have written the changes to the partition table without installing linux. Thats how I did the disk that I am using right now.

You could also try Ranish partition manager, it's shareware / free ware, and also works quite OK, although the graphical interface is a bit crude, and I have never tried it with NTFS.
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Quote:
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Yep, that works, you can also then back out of the Mandrake install once you have written the changes to the partition table without installing linux. Thats how I did the disk that I am using right now.

You could also try Ranish partition manager, it's shareware / free ware, and also works quite OK, although the graphical interface is a bit crude, and I have never tried it with NTFS.
Cool! Thanks for the confirmation.

Could you give me a link and some info for Ranish?

Thanks.
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Default Found some free Drive Image Software for Win 2K/XP

OK, here is what I have been able to find for you in addition to what I posted above.

There appear to be two highly-regarded Drive Image applications that support
NTFS and happen to be FREE. They are DrvClonerXP and DrvImagerXP. The
key difference between them appears to be that DrvClonerXP does not create
an interim image file, but instead creates the whole thing right on the fly, saving
temp disk space, which on a large image may be helpful.

Here is what I found from one of the Google searches regarding DrvClonerXP:
  • * Requires Windows 2000 or XP.

    * DrvClonerXP clones NTFS and FAT32 drive partitions, for the Windows 2000/XP operating
    systems, by copying, byte-for-byte, the drive partition's structure to another partition,
    creating a perfect duplicate, without creating an intermediate image file.

    * The partition clone is an exact reproduction of the original drive partition.

    * Create identical bootable partitions! Copy an existing hard drive onto a new hard drive!

    * Though not as powerful and flexible as "Drive Image" or "Ghost" drive imaging programs,
    the simplicity, yet powerful capabilities of DrvClonerXP make it the favorite choice for many.

So, what you can do with this program is CLONE your existing partition to the new drive,
provided it is partitioned and formatted, and then FDISK your old drive back to one large
partition and get it ready for use.

It may be fastest to CLONE the old partition to the new 120 gig drive and simply swap them
as Master and Slave and then boot to the new 120 gig and use Drive Manager to wipe out
the old one and create one huge partition.

Here is a place I was able to find a working download:

http://www.softpedia.com/public/cat/13/2/13-2-43.shtml

I'm having trouble getting a working web site for the company, and also, since I do not
have Windows 2K or XP installed on any of my machines right now, I have not been able
to test it personally.

My hope is that with all the info above in the different posts, you will be able to get the
drives setup the way you wish.

Good luck.
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Here it is

http://www.ranish.com/part/

Like I said, I don't know well it works with NTFS (I've never tried)
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Default Re: Found some free Drive Image Software for Win 2K/XP

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Originally posted by TheMonkeyBoyz
OK, here is what I have been able to find for you in addition to what I posted above.

There appear to be two highly-regarded Drive Image applications that support
NTFS and happen to be FREE. They are DrvClonerXP and DrvImagerXP. The
key difference between them appears to be that DrvClonerXP does not create
an interim image file, but instead creates the whole thing right on the fly, saving
temp disk space, which on a large image may be helpful.

Here is what I found from one of the Google searches regarding DrvClonerXP:
  • * Requires Windows 2000 or XP.

    * DrvClonerXP clones NTFS and FAT32 drive partitions, for the Windows 2000/XP operating
    systems, by copying, byte-for-byte, the drive partition's structure to another partition,
    creating a perfect duplicate, without creating an intermediate image file.

    * The partition clone is an exact reproduction of the original drive partition.

    * Create identical bootable partitions! Copy an existing hard drive onto a new hard drive!

    * Though not as powerful and flexible as "Drive Image" or "Ghost" drive imaging programs,
    the simplicity, yet powerful capabilities of DrvClonerXP make it the favorite choice for many.

So, what you can do with this program is CLONE your existing partition to the new drive,
provided it is partitioned and formatted, and then FDISK your old drive back to one large
partition and get it ready for use.

It may be fastest to CLONE the old partition to the new 120 gig drive and simply swap them
as Master and Slave and then boot to the new 120 gig and use Drive Manager to wipe out
the old one and create one huge partition.

Here is a place I was able to find a working download:

http://www.softpedia.com/public/cat/13/2/13-2-43.shtml

I'm having trouble getting a working web site for the company, and also, since I do not
have Windows 2K or XP installed on any of my machines right now, I have not been able
to test it personally.

My hope is that with all the info above in the different posts, you will be able to get the
drives setup the way you wish.

Good luck.
Thanks a lot that got me all set up the way I wanted
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Default Re: Re: Found some free Drive Image Software for Win 2K/XP

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Thanks a lot that got me all set up the way I wanted
That's awesome! I'm glad it worked out.

Mission Accomplished!

Continued best wishes...
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