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#1 Silver Samurai

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Posted 20 March 2008 - 10:43 PM

Just wondering if it's possible w/o formatting.
I made the XP partition a bit too small and am barely able to keep 1gb so its really starting to suck.
Anyways can I make it 1GB bigger or do I have to format?
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Posted 20 March 2008 - 10:57 PM

Just about anything's possible w/ DriveGenius

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Posted 21 March 2008 - 01:41 AM

View Postyo-mike, on March 20th 2008, 09:57 PM, said:

Just about anything's possible w/ DriveGenius
Ouch. I think the latest Ubuntu and OpenSUSE live cds would work easily. Doesn't Bootcamp also know how to resize partitions?

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Posted 21 March 2008 - 03:37 AM

I wouldn't recommend it without backing everything important up first.
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Posted 21 March 2008 - 04:06 AM

bootcamp doesnt resize the partitions, it scraps everything and then starts afresh. it makes sense as its done in OSX, and anything more could just break things.

if you cant resize, then I believe that winclone might be of use. itll clone a NTFS partition for you, which you can then restore after changing the partition size... I think thats how it works anyway...
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Posted 21 March 2008 - 07:17 AM

Doesn't something in Leopard have the ability to non-destructively resize partitions, or did I imagine that?
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Posted 21 March 2008 - 07:20 AM

Thanks guys.
I just really don't want to have to reinstall XP. lol
I was kinda dumb and only gave the XP partition 6gb. I do have an external  drive I could backup everything onto but really don't want to risk having to redo osx. I might just leave it until I get a new computer this fall...
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Posted 21 March 2008 - 08:41 AM

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Posted 21 March 2008 - 03:16 PM

View PostQuicksilver, on March 21st 2008, 02:41 PM, said:


VolumeWorks is not intended for resizing Bootcamp partitions. The use of VolumeWorks will retain all the files but will render the Windows partition unbootable

Just FYI.
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Posted 21 March 2008 - 03:58 PM

Ah, good catch.
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Posted 21 March 2008 - 05:36 PM

the problem with trying to repartition boot camp is that Boot Camp Utility creates two new partitions each time. One of which is practically invisible, but contains the important info about partition size and allocation etc. etc. its about 200Mb in size I believe.

cos of that its pretty tricky to resize partitions.

better off to get it right the first time, or failing that be prepared to start afresh.
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Posted 21 March 2008 - 06:27 PM

Ah well, thanks anyways. I thought 6gb would be fine, but well it's not. lol
Not the end of the world, I'll just delete some things such as OpenOffice.
Besides I can use Wordpad if I need to take notes or something.
I"ll redo a partition when I get a new Mac or Hackintosh...
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Posted 21 March 2008 - 08:18 PM

View Postteflon, on March 21st 2008, 03:06 AM, said:

bootcamp doesnt resize the partitions, it scraps everything and then starts afresh
?
It doesn't do that here:
http://www.askdaveta...d-partition.png

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Posted 22 March 2008 - 03:35 AM

View Postbobbob, on March 22nd 2008, 02:18 AM, said:

?
It doesn't do that here:
http://www.askdaveta...d-partition.png

sorry, poorly worded.
when you already have boot camp installed, it cant resize the partitions and has to delete the boot camp partition completely and create it afresh.

thats what i meant
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Posted 24 March 2008 - 12:12 AM

Oh and by the way, I only gave my partition 12 Gb, and it wasn't enough. So I started installing stuff to my external HD, and it works like a dream. Also, if you have stuff already installed, you can copy it over to an "easy" path on your HD, then change the registry to fit the drive letter/folders where it is. It really is that easy.
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Posted 26 August 2010 - 03:23 AM

Do not delete the partition; there is a more efficient way to solve your problem.
And you are very lucky, I just got the useful information about XP extend partition, I can share with you.
My friend told me, Extend Partition Assistant Professional Edition can work well.
They often resize partition (extend partition, shrink partition…) through it, so, I can promise you--it worth to try.
This software has free edition, you can experience its superiority.