[conspire] Resizing NTFS
rick at linuxmafia.com
Fri Oct 18 23:09:46 PDT 2002
Lots of people come to Linux events with their MS-Windows preloads,
wanting us to set up dual-boot. Which we've been able to do, thanks to
resizer utilities like FIPS, GNU Parted, etc. Recently, Microsoft has
thrown a curveball at us: Recent preloads have tended to use NTFS
filesystems, rather than FAT. Most resizing tools -- and all of the
common open-source ones -- are FAT-only. This is starting to become a
After much checking, I've found the following options:
-- four proprietary tools that are retail-only.
-- one proprietary tool that's lawfully redistributable and 30-day shareware.
-- one open-source tool.
They are detailed below.
1. Retail-only, proprietary:
o PowerQuest Corp.'s Partition Magic: $80, retail / pay first
o Paragon Software's Partition Manager: $40, retail / pay first
o Acronis OS Selector: $45, trial version avail., but it's crippled.
o V-Communications's System Commander 7: $70, retail / pay first
2. Redistributable (by individuals who don't charge), 30-day trial:
o TeraByte Unlimited's BootIt Next Generation: $29.95 "shareware", 30 day trial
http://www.terabyteunlimited.com/downloads/ . Also reportedly on
Simtel sites. Also on my machine, at http://linuxmafia.com/pub/hardware/ ,
as bootit-ng-1.32a.zip . Included is a diskette image. You make the
image, then boot it. (Decline its offer to "install".)
3. Open source:
o The ntfs-progs utilities collection from Anton Altaparmakov's
Linux NTFS Utilities effort, http://linux-ntfs.sourceforge.net/
includes a prerelease "ntfsresize" utility, roughly similar to FIPS.
RECOMMENDATIONS: ntfsresize may be dangerously buggy. Beware! I had
to pull down developer source code from http://linux-ntfs.bkbits.net/
(BitKeeper repository), then hand-hack a Makefile just to make
ntfsresize be included in the compile process. That isn't reassuring.
http://linuxmafia.com/pub/hardware/ carries two versions of the source
tarball, with and without my i386 Linux binaries:
I recommend that Linux activists keep copies of _both_ BootIt NG (the
shareware toolkit) and the open-source ntfs-progs tools around to use
on preloads. I further urge that you give copies of BootIt NG to
end-users _only_ if they hand you a $29.95 cheque made out to TeraByte
Unlimited for the shareware fee.
Why? Because open source isn't about being too cheap to buy
proprietary software. And it _certainly_ isn't about ripping
off proprietary software authors. If people object to paying, they can
try their luck with ntfsresize, or pony up $40 or more for one of the
boxed-set retail alternatives.
Cheers, "Azathoth need not be present to win."
Rick Moen -- Charles O. Baucum, Jr.
rick at linuxmafia.com
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