[sf-lug] NTFS resize failing...

Tom Haddon tom at greenleaftech.net
Thu Dec 20 10:16:31 PST 2007

On Thu, 2007-12-20 at 10:04 -0800, Ernest De Leon wrote:
> This may sound stupid, and I don't mean to insult your intelligence,
> but many times when I have run into this it's because windows did not
> shut down properly or something like that.  Try to restart windows,
> verify that the all of the data is to the front of the disk like you
> want, put the gparted (or whatever tool) in the drive, and make sure
> windows shuts down normally and properly.  Basically you are making
> sure that the NTFS partition is clean when you shut down.  Now turn on
> the PC and go into the tool and make your changes. 

Yeah, I did try that. I'm wondering if I need to manually force a
Windows disk check or something? I'm not very familiar with Windows, so
I don't know how to do that, but I did make sure it shut down cleanly
before booting into all of the above.

Cheers, Tom

> Hopefully this works for you.
> Ernest
> On Dec 20, 2007 9:31 AM, Tom Haddon <tom at greenleaftech.net> wrote:
>         Hi Folks,
>         Hoping someone can help here...
>         My missus was so impressed with mythbuntu (which I've recently
>         setup for
>         us with an old laptop) that she's decided it's time for her to
>         try out
>         Ubuntu. I'd like to go the dual boot method, and have
>         defragmented and 
>         compacted her disk layout, but then trying both gparted
>         (Ubuntu and
>         SystemRescueCD) and diskdrake (PC Linux OS), neither was able
>         to resize
>         the ntfs partition.
>         She has a 55GB disk that's got over 24GB free and I've made
>         sure the 
>         space is all at the tail end of the drive per Windows Disk
>         Defragmenter
>         layout. I was planning to resize the Windows partition to
>         40GB, leaving
>         15GB for Ubuntu.
>         Any ideas what the problem could be? gparted only lets me
>         resize by 8MB 
>         either way, and diskdrake says ntfsresize failed (before I've
>         even told
>         it by what values I want to resize).
>         Thanks, Tom
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