partition main drive

Asked by t_robert on 2008-07-07

i'm an absolute newbie to linux. i installed ubuntu 8.04 last saturday. until then i had vista on drive c and a separate partition for all my files. i formatted c. i was not aware that ntfs format disks were not compatible with ubuntu. as could be expected, i ran into a problem when i tried to install ubuntu onto that ntfs partition. out of a mix of desperation and excitement, i chose the option to use the entire hdd (120gb). i had a feeling that i did something wrong, and i was right. all my files on d disappeared. but that's not my problem. i have backups of the files, anyway. now i want to resize c. i downloaded and installed gparted, but no go. the options to resize partition are grayed out, and it says unmounting c was not possible (for obvious reasons, i think, that it is holds the os). i also tried to use partition magic, but it warned me about some state of the hdd and correcting the "state" may cause data corruption, so, i held back on doing anything. is there a way i could still resize my hdd? please help.

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Rafik Ouerchefani
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2008-07-07
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2008-07-07
Theodotos Andreou (theodotos) said : #1

To resize a windows partition the volume must be marked as clean. If not you need to run the "chkdsk" utility on the unclean partition. This utility is found in the Windows recovery console on the CD.

Best Rafik Ouerchefani (rafik) said : #2

Hello,

You have to use the Live CD.
Start you computer using it. You will find Gparted with ability to resize any partition.

-Rafik.

t_robert (amoresunaramera) said : #3

Thanks Rafik Ouerchefani, that solved my question.