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PostPosted: Thu Jan 09, 2003 10:57 pm    Post subject: Partition (SPLIT) Windows XP Windows 2000 Free Reply with quote

That should be a good title for the search engine!

This is more of an informational post than it is an actual guide. I don't know about many of you, but I need to run a Windows 2000 partition for work applications that cannot be run under Linux (I've tried every possible solution save for VMWare).

If you're wanting to split Windows XP (WinXP) or Windows 2000 (Win2k) partitions without being forced to pay 70 bucks for Partition Magic or whatever partition app, then consider:

http://www.bootitng.com/bootitng.html

It's not freeware, but it does offer full functionality for 30 days. And since you're only needing to use it for probably half of one, it doesn't matter if it's a million days. It creates a bootable ISO that can fit on a floppy but since I don't have a floppy drive, I burned it to CD. It requires it's own partition to install on and it does rather rudely over-write your MBR. Then again, I think if I had pressed cancel rather than OK, that may not have happened. But no matter, the MBR was taken over by GRUB shortly thereafter ;)

The partition that I had installed it on wasn't big enough so it said that the installation failed, but it still loaded the necessary files dynamically from the CD-ROM similar to the Gentoo LiveCD. I would highly recommend burning the ISO to a CD rather than a floppy because I can only imagine that running this from a floppy would be painfully slow.

It does support Linux partitions as well and can manipulate ext2, ext3 and ReiserFS. When you run the executable from the site, it opens a DOS window (so all you Linux only folks can probably run it in dosemu w/o a hitch) and extracts an ISO file. There are several ways of running this thing and getting it going. RTFM for details.

If you do intend to use this software on a regular basis, then I recommend you purchase it and help the developers out. I'm not one for piracy (ahem) and I support developers when I can.

It's a great app and it split my Windows 2000 partition beautifully. It says it supports XP but I don't have the cash for XP, thus I cannot testify to how well it does this.

So, there you have it. For all you peoples who bought a new HD with WinXP or Win2k and want to squeeze Linux in there somewhere - but DIDN'T want to pay a high price for a one-time use - here you go.

Ryan
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 10, 2003 2:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I had three Linux partitions (/boot, /, and swap) and an XP partition. I wanted 4 linux partitions, so /home would have its own for when I wiped out / to install Gentoo. I had a Knoppix CD laying around, w/ parted on it. Did the job just fine. No pretty gui though.

Now that I think about it, I could have just backed up the stuff on /home and used fdisk, but I wasn't quite ready to completely destroy Redhat when I was doing this.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 28, 2003 8:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

that only works if your xp partition is fat32. parted cannot resize ntfs partitions. bootit can resize/modify just about anything. even linux filesystems (reiser, ext2/3, etc.)

if you're running xp, you shouldn't be running it on fat32. that's just wrong ;) better performance with ntfs.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 02, 2003 5:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

look at ntfsresize and the asplinux installer, those can shrink ntfs partitions.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 15, 2003 5:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've got Linux and XP on separate HDs, and for some time I've been wishing I had made the XP HD into two partitions, one NTFS for the system, and one FAT32 so I have a partition that both Windows and Linux can read/write from. I may give this a try after I have the time to boot into XP and run disk defrag so that I don't lose data. Obviously, $70 is a completely ridiculous price for something many people use only once and never need again.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 07, 2005 5:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

BlackBart wrote:
look at ntfsresize and the asplinux installer, those can shrink ntfs partitions.


yes, those are two other solutions that you can use to resize your partitions. your first one (ntfsresize) requires you to be in a linux environment. the second requires you to download the first cd to an entire distro. you could also use the mandrake installer to do that. but why? when you can simply download this 1mb program onto a floppy or cd-r, boot off it, and do whatcha gotta do :P you dont need to be in a linux environment, and you dont need to download a freakin 700mb install disc ;)

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