For whatever reason the chkdsk went very fast and I had defragged twice already yesterday. Reloaded Mint 7 and the partitioner let me resize with ease. Time to move forward!
I have one other question. I have Mint 7 dual booting with Vista on my laptop (computer most often used) but as yet I have not been able to enable wireless and do not have a wired connection. The response I got in the Wireless section of the forum was that Mint 7 KDE might be the solution. I don't know how long that will be, however, and have just received Ubuntu 9.04 by mail this week and after loading it without installing it I could at least see the wireless bars on the top of the screen but could not get it to activate. So, it seems as though I might be getting closer. I would like to try Ubuntu out in a dual boot on that machine with Vista, however, I'm a bit unsure as to how I should proceed. The current disk configuration Is 71.3 GB dedicated to Vista (/dev/sda1), Mint 7 with 38.8 GB (/dev/sda5), and swap 1.7 GB (/dev/sda6). If I want install it on top of Mint, can you suggest the easiest way? I am a bit intimidated by specifying the partitions manually for fear of gumming up the whole works. Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks again for help on the previous problem.