How do I expand a drive partition?

By steve ·
I have an Asus PC1000 running WinXP on a 60GB SSHD. It came with Linux, but for a number of reasons I blew it out and installed XP. It runs great, but when I installed it, I inadvertantly installed it to the wrong drove partition, and as such as beginning to see a slow decline in space on that drive as updates are delivered and additional software is installed. I can install and run most things from the larger partition, but I wanted to know if there was an easy way to reallocate the amount of space reserved for each drive, without having to start all over!

There is no optical drive, but I do have a network drive, and would even be willing to purchase (and then return!) an external optical if need be.


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Changing partition sizes

by Brenton Keegan In reply to How do I expand a drive p ...

Changing the partition size typically involves a third party application.

Partition Magic is one product, but there are others.

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by steve In reply to Changing partition sizes

Thanks, I'll check it out!


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No need to pay software for this job

by longtail In reply to Changing partition sizes

Note that partition magic is no longer for sell, http://www.symantec.com/norton/theme.jsp?themeid=partition_magic&depthpath=0&header=0
In fact, you need not to pay software for this job, there is free professional partition resizing software, I cannot believe a company provides such a great software freely.

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You can also try this

by Jacky Howe In reply to How do I expand a drive p ...

EASEUS Partition Manager Home Edition

<a href="http://www.partition-tool.com/ " target="_blank"><u>Freeware</u></a>

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GParted is another free option

by OH Smeg Moderator In reply to You can also try this


Though by the sounds of things here you have messed up the Install as Linux typically has 3 Partitions by default. To blow it away you need to wipe the HDD so you have access to all of the drive and not just a part of it. To do this you should use a product like Kill Disc again a freeware option.


The other thing you can do here is Open the Drive Manager locate the remaining unused Linux Partitions and format these to Windows Partitions. You can then proceed to move or install software and your Data as well as the Page file to these partitions.


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never messed with linux on a box with windows

by computechdan In reply to GParted is another free o ...

the partitions don't jus show up in drive management as unknown type?

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Yep that is what should be happening here

by OH Smeg Moderator In reply to never messed with linux o ...

So they could just chose to Format the Partition/s and then use them or?

I haven't looked at the Partition layout on one of the NetBooks so I'm not 100% certain that they follow the standard install for Nix though.


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EASEUS Partition Manager

by langr In reply to You can also try this

I've successfully used EASEUS on a number of occasions to re-size partitions. It's fairly easy to use, and, as mentioned above, it's free (I LIKE free.)

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