Jump to content

Welcome to Geeks to Go - Register now for FREE

Geeks To Go is a helpful hub, where thousands of volunteer geeks quickly serve friendly answers and support. Check out the forums and get free advice from the experts. Register now to gain access to all of our features, it's FREE and only takes one minute. Once registered and logged in, you will be able to create topics, post replies to existing threads, give reputation to your fellow members, get your own private messenger, post status updates, manage your profile and so much more.

Create Account How it Works
Photo

Partion help on XP-Ubuntu dual-boot


  • Please log in to reply

#1
WhydoIask?

WhydoIask?

    Member

  • Member
  • PipPipPip
  • 169 posts
I recently dual-booted Ubuntu (v9.04) on my XP computer. When it installed, it made a partion on my hard drive, but didn't give itself a lot of wiggle room. It has 6mb of free space on that partion. My XP paartion has nearly 30 GB of free space. Since I don't have much room on the Ubuntu partion, what can I do on the Windows side to turn some Windows space into Ubuntu space?

Here is a screenshot of a partion manager:
Posted Image

I think that other #1 is the Ubuntu partion, but I can't edit the "other" partions.

Edited by WhydoIask?, 25 October 2009 - 03:55 PM.

  • 0

Advertisements


#2
silverbeard

silverbeard

    Trusted Tech

  • Member
  • PipPipPip
  • 791 posts
Ubuntu should have gparted in it. If not you can download an .iso Here.

It's a handy tool to have and you can use it to re-size your hard drive partitions.
  • 0

#3
WhydoIask?

WhydoIask?

    Member

  • Topic Starter
  • Member
  • PipPipPip
  • 169 posts
Okay, I have GParted. I still need to figure out which one is the Ubuntu partion.

Posted Image

the key next to each partion means it's mounted, right? 'Cause when I unmount the Windows partion, I get an error that the system can't read the partion, and I still can't resize them.

--EDIT--

I took off 10 GB from my Win-XP partion using the partion manager on XP. Now how can I put it on my Ubuntu partion using Gparted?

Edited by WhydoIask?, 27 October 2009 - 02:20 PM.

  • 0

#4
hawklord

hawklord

    Member

  • Member
  • PipPipPip
  • 400 posts
if you have ntfs-3g installed then there is no reason i can see to expand your linux partition, apart from it being a little small

ntfs-3g allows read/write access to ntfs partitions (your 67gb one), anything thats on the windows partition can be read by linux,
music, vids, documents, etc,
anything thats created by linux can be saved to the windows partition,

but, if you choose to resize, then all partitions have to be unmounted, which would create a slight problem for resizing your linux partition - as it needs to be mounted to use gparted,

the way to do this is with a live cd like knoppix or sysrescuelinux - both come with gparted, they run from your memory and not the disks, so no need to mount them,

shrink the windows partition from the right,
expand the extended partition to the left,
expand the linux partition (/dev/sda5) to the left,

apply and let gparted do its job,

remember to make a backup of both systems (just in case), partimage on knoppix is good for this job
  • 0

#5
silverbeard

silverbeard

    Trusted Tech

  • Member
  • PipPipPip
  • 791 posts

shrink the windows partition from the right,
expand the extended partition to the left,
expand the linux partition (/dev/sda5) to the left,


good advise. should do what you need

remember to make a backup of both systems (just in case), partimage on knoppix is good for this job


I prefer to use Parted Magic these days for most HD work.

About Parted Magic

The Parted Magic OS employs core programs of GParted and Parted to handle partitioning tasks with ease, while featuring other useful programs (e.g. Partimage, TestDisk, Truecrypt, Clonezilla, G4L, SuperGrubDisk, ddrescue, etc...) and an excellent set of documentation to benefit the user. An extensive collection of file system tools are also included, as Parted Magic supports the following: ext2, ext3, ext4, fat16, fat32, hfs, hfs+, jfs, linux-swap, ntfs, reiserfs, reiser4, and xfs.

Parted Magic requires at least a i586 processor and 256MB of RAM to operate or 128MB in "Live" mode.


  • 0

#6
WhydoIask?

WhydoIask?

    Member

  • Topic Starter
  • Member
  • PipPipPip
  • 169 posts
Thanks, guys. I used the Gparted Live cd, and had no problems. Now that Ubuntu can function like a normal OS, I can compare the speed to XP.
  • 0






Similar Topics

0 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 0 guests, 0 anonymous users

As Featured On:

Microsoft Yahoo BBC MSN PC Magazine Washington Post HP