Quick doubt about resizing partitions

Asked by Mauricio A on 2011-05-03

So, I want to upgrade to Ubuntu 11.04, but first I want to backup my Ubuntu partition just in case.
For that I need GParted to shrink an old NTFS partition with a lot of free space, create a ext4 partition in the free space, and copy my Ubuntu partition in there.

My questions are:
- Is this wise? Is there an easier way to backup my linux partition?
- Can Gparted do this? Do I need to use the Live CD version? Is there a GParted option to copy the whole contents of a partition to another?
- Will I have problems after resizing my partitions? I remember resizing the swap partition long ago using GParted and then Ubuntu not recognizing it; something related to the partition table; and I had to change a file I don't remember.

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Its usually safe but backups will be needed to ensure data integrigty. If the NTFS holds Win7 then use that to resize it's own partition, then expant the ext4 to the new free space.

Shouldn't have any problems, just read the screen and think.

Ok, will try to shrink the NTFS partition from the windows partition (I hope it still works) and copy the linux partition into the free space. Will report back if something fails.

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