On Tuesday 04 October 2005 02:28 pm, Lance Dockins wrote:
> Hal V. Engel wrote:
> > If all you need is enough of a Linux installation to get GIMP
> > to build and to test GIMP then the amount of diskspace needed to do this
> > is fairly small and you can free up a partition on your existing hard
> > drive(s) to do this.
> Good point.  I thought of doing this myself, but in the past I've had to
> repartition my hard drive before a Linux install.  Do most Linux distros
> now come equipped with a partition manager that can handle an NT
> partition and successfully resize it without destroying it?  When I've
> previously done this, I've had to use Partition Magic which is the best
> proprietary software for this sort of thing, but even it had bugs in
> some prior versions that would crash an NT partition.  If most Linux
> distros now come equipped with such a partition manager and I can trust
> that my NT partition will safely remain intact, I may reconsider my
> former statement. But my biggest concern is that, at present, without a
> partition manager, I've still got to invest another $50 on top of losses
> due to time.  Not that that's a huge investment, but I've got other
> financial priorities that exceed an investment in a Partition Manager.
> Thanks in advance for your feedback.
>     Lance

Yes most distros come with a partition manager that can handle this.  Of 
course, you should back things up just in case and it is a good idea to 
defrag the partition you are shrinking before you start.  I have also used 
the partition manager in boot-it which you can get as a trial version for $0.

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