giving linux space back to windows

Asked by Jason Murray on 2012-09-07

I have a dual boot pc with ubuntu and windows 7. I would like to shrink the ubuntu partition and give this space back to the windows partition. I do not want to lose or have to reinstall the linux partition, just resize and shift space. I've looked on the forums and haven't found an answer to this. I'm comfortable with Gparted for resizing, just not sure how to get windows to reclaim/recognize the new free space. Many thanks.

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N1ck 7h0m4d4k15 (nicktux) said : #1

Hello ,

If you are comfortable with Gparted , then it will be easy. Just boot from LiveCD/Usb of Ubuntu and open Gparted

Then shrink the space you want (ALWAYS from the END of partition) , then delete or re-format the space you shrinked in NTFS filesystem.

If you have not the option for NTFS format , the you can leave the space as Unallocated (by deleting it) and format the space in NTFS from Windows system.


N1ck 7h0m4d4k15 (nicktux) said : #2

Hi ,

Maybe you meant , AND merge the space with Windows already exist partition ? You can do that as well if you want.

Just move the space you will shrink and cut , and then try to expand the windows partition. The IMPORTANT thing in such cases is ALWAYS from the END of partition . Cuz at the beginning are boot-files , system-files ... etc and you can corrupt the system.


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