In need of a little reassurance, I am in the process of revitalizing an old IBM Thinkpad and a Compaq desktop belonging to friend. I intend to install Mint on both - I also plan to load Mint onto the computer in our community music school. I'm planning to start by setting these up as dual boot machines Mint/WinXP. All the machines have NTFS partitions.
The first operation was to restore some sanity to the partitioning of the desktop for which a bigger WinXP partition was needed on one of the disks. So I flung in the Live Elyssa XFCE CDRom and used Gparted to stretch the existing partition.
The operation was not entirely successful, an error message was returned - something along the lines of "failure when trying to resize the NTFS". Interestingly WinXP still boots but, notwithstanding that the Win disk management tool shows the newly resized partition, the OS still sees the old file size characteristics.
A scan of the Internet reveals that I am not the only person to have had this problem - when will I learn to read the manual first .
So I'm seeking some reassuring guidance on how to: reset the NTFS partition size data after enlarging it, how to shrink NTFS partitions without the same problem arising.
My previous installations of Linux have always been onto FAT32 disks and these have not given any problems.