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Dual Boot/Partitioning Questions

Postby GeoffRyan on Thu Sep 11, 2008 6:54 pm

I have a laptop right now that is partitioned to dual boot Ubuntu and Windows XP. I also only have an 80GB disk, and Windows is running out of room. Right now my disk is split 60 GB for XP, 20 GB for Ubuntu. I'd like to increase the size of my XP partition to ~70GB, and install Mint on the remaining 10GB so I could try it out. However, I've never done this before (a friend of a friend installed Ubuntu), so I wanted to make sure I'm doing this right before I accidentally reformat my entire disk.

My question is basically... can I do this with the partition software that comes with installation?

I was thinking that I could just erase Ubuntu and then resize the XP partition and make the ext3 and swap partitions. But then I'd be expanding XP into space that was ext3 instead of ntfs, and I don't want to reformat the whole paritition and lose my data. Will resizing automatically format the new space for me? It doesn't seem like I can just create an ntfs partition, so this is why I was curious.
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Re: Dual Boot/Partitioning Questions

Postby Acid_1 on Thu Sep 11, 2008 9:22 pm

Hmm I was just about to go to gparted to help you then I realized I was running Windows cause I haven't reinstalled Mint yet haha. On Mint's livecd during the install:

Delete the ext2/3 partition Ubuntu is on, and the swap, now you should be left with a blank spot. Extend the Windows partion to what ever you want. Create 9 - 9.5 Gb for Mint and the rest for swap. This process can take close to an hour. I have 512 Mb ram and a 24x cd drive. Then complete the installer. Enjoy :mrgreen:
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Re: Dual Boot/Partitioning Questions

Postby nelamvr6 on Thu Sep 11, 2008 9:50 pm

I hope this isn't a thread crap, and I don't want to seem like I'm assuming too much, but do you realize that you could buy a 160GB notebook hard drive right now for $70? You could double your available HDD space for $70. $70 delivered to your door.

I'm not making this up, just check here.

Hard drive space is one of the cheapest factors in computing today, trying to shoehorn everything you do into too little space doesn't have to happen. Just get a bigger drive. Problem solved.
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Re: Dual Boot/Partitioning Questions

Postby Acid_1 on Fri Sep 12, 2008 3:29 pm

Some people, (like me) have no time/want/care/money to upgrade. I am perfectly fine with my 60Gb hdd. The solution does not have to be, "go buy a new drive". I personally just don't want to deal with the hassle of installing a new drive. Notebooks are a pita when trying to do anything to them.
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Re: Dual Boot/Partitioning Questions

Postby nelamvr6 on Fri Sep 12, 2008 3:43 pm

Acid_1 wrote:Some people, (like me) have no time/want/care/money to upgrade. I am perfectly fine with my 60Gb hdd. The solution does not have to be, "go buy a new drive". That's not very helpful. I personally just don't want to deal with the hassle of installing a new drive. Notebooks are a pita when trying to do anything to them.

With all due respect, that makes no sense whatsoever.

You don't have time to install a new drive, but you have time to constantly figure out how to make due with a too small drive, time to figure out what you can keep and what you can't, time to move the stuff you need to keep to an external storage device of some sort...

But you don't have time to fix the problem once and for all...

Well, you are certainly entitled to your opinion, and to do things the way you want. But saying that my suggestion was unhelpful is also a matter of opinion, and I feel that ultimately my suggestion was for a much better solution.
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Re: Dual Boot/Partitioning Questions

Postby Acid_1 on Sat Sep 13, 2008 1:55 am

I'm sorry. I guess the better thing would be that some of us are too lazy or just don't have the extra cash I suppose.
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Re: Dual Boot/Partitioning Questions

Postby Fred on Sat Sep 13, 2008 2:40 am

nelamvr6,

With all due respect, I would suggest you open your mind and broaden your horizons a bit. In New London, CT, USA, $70.00 US may not seem to be a lot of money, but in many parts of the world $70.00 US is a months, or more, pay. That is assuming that drive can even be bought for that sum there. The thread starter didn't say where he was so I would have to assume he had good reason for not simply going out and purchasing a larger drive.

Acid_1's answer to the question was the one the thread starter was looking for. You suggestion may be a better alternative for some but was not what the thread starter was looking for.

Just another view point. :-)

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Re: Dual Boot/Partitioning Questions

Postby GeoffRyan on Sat Sep 13, 2008 3:01 am

Wow, I didn't mean to start an argument going like that! Thanks a lot Acid_1, that's what I wanted to know. Also, thanks for the info on cheap hard disks nelamvr6, I've been considering upgrading, but I really just want to get an entirely new machine in the next few months, so I wasn't sure if it would be worth it. Thanks a lot for the info/help, hopefully I'll have Mint up and running by the end of the day.
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Re: Dual Boot/Partitioning Questions

Postby nelamvr6 on Sat Sep 13, 2008 3:09 am

Fred wrote:nelamvr6,

With all due respect, I would suggest you open your mind and broaden your horizons a bit. In New London, CT, USA, $70.00 US may not seem to be a lot of money, but in many parts of the world $70.00 US is a months, or more, pay. That is assuming that drive can even be bought for that sum there. The thread starter didn't say where he was so I would have to assume he had good reason for not simply going out and purchasing a larger drive.

Acid_1's answer to the question was the one the thread starter was looking for. You suggestion may be a better alternative for some but was not what the thread starter was looking for.

Just another view point. :-)

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$70 is a months pay? Where do you live?

Not anywhere in the US.

$70 is a fairly decent date, $70 is 2 fairly decent bottles of wine.

If you don't want to spend the cash on the hardware, that's your decision, Anywhere in the USA $70 is not a lot of cash. Period.

Like I posted earlier, you're entitled to do as you wish, go ahead and play around with 60GB hard drives if that is what you think the best course of action is. I will be over here, pointing and giggling...


Actually, that's not true.

I won't be thinking at all about people trying to use 60GB hard drives in 2008... they're simply too silly for me to waste my time....
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