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Resize NTFS partition?

On Sun, 01 Apr 2007 08:43:00 -0400
Scott R Ehrlich <scott at MIT.EDU> wrote:

> I'm looking for a bootable CD/DVD linux distro that will support the resizing of
> an existing bootable NTFS partition.   I want to convert one of my home PCs from
> existing whole-disk NTFS Windows to half XP and half Linux.
> Knoppix 5.0.1 parted doesn't support ntfs yet, as won't FC5.
I have successfully resized Windows XP NTFS partitions with Knoppix
4.0 using qtparted. I've done this at a number of installfests, and
I've done this while teaching my Linux for the Desktop course at

The procedure I use is:
1. Make sure you backup the system. This is always important. 
2. Use Windows to defrag its NTFS partition. NTFS can get quite
3. Boot Knoppix and run QTParted.
4. Resize as desired. You can use QTParted to allocate the free space
as Linux or you can do that while installing Linux. 
5. Boot into Windows and let it run chkdisk if it wants to. Make sure
everything is ok with Windows. I did have a case in an installfest
where Windows did complain about something, but running checkdisk fixed
it. Note that Windows NT checkdisk is generally run only during boot.
(I don't know if it is chkdsk or checkdisk). 
Once you verify that Windows is ok, then install Linux. 
Jerry Feldman <gaf at>
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