[Nottingham] Partition resizing

Camilo Mesias camilo at mesias.co.uk
Fri Jan 16 13:23:19 UTC 2009


2009/1/16 Charles Samuels <charles at kde.org>:
>  There's no reason to use use
> a tar.gz for this task.

You could use tar with the j option for bzip2 compression. One benefit
of a tarfile is that permissions, access times etc. would be saved.
rsync to an external drive could also preserve these details, but it
might not, depending on the user privileges, the way it was mounted
and the filesystem it used.

I'm surprised no-one has mentioned filesystem resizing utilities
(gparted, resizefs, even ntfsresize). I would recommend backing up the
stuff you need to save then at least trying out the above before
deleting and remaking the partitions.

It may be possible (depending on the partition table layout) to delete
the NTFS partition, resize the root partition and remake a smaller
NTFS partition. If successful the root partition contents would be
intact, saving you the hassle of restoring them. There are handy boot
disks, eg RIP that have the above tools.



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