Repartitioning HDD

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  1. airbag22

    airbag22 New Member

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    I want to instal linux side by side with XP. Anyone know any good (free?) partition programs that wont destroy my data? i am using NTFS currently.
     
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    I've always used partition magic. It's not too pricey and well worth it. I wouldn't recommend a free program if you're interested in keeping your data.
     
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    some linux distros (I think ubuntu) will do it free, with no warranty, of course. Personally, I like Partition Magic, but it's not free.
     
  4. deusexaethera

    deusexaethera OT Supporter

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    Yes, Ubuntu does resize NTFS partitions. As a precaution, when I tried using Ubuntu for a while, I first used Norton Speed Disk to safely pack all my NTFS files up against the opposite end of the hard drive from where the space for the linux partition was going to be carved out.

    If the idea of resizing a partition that is in-use bothers you, my favorite method is to use Norton Ghost to store copies of my existing partitions, then use the Windows Install CD to erase the hard drive and recreate the new partitions the way I want them, then restore my data from the Norton Ghost backups I made. Thus far, it's worked every time, though it's not point-and-click easy the way Partition Magic is.
     

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