[sf-lug] NTFS resize failing...

jim stockford jim at well.com
Thu Dec 20 11:45:17 PST 2007

this, too, may sound stupid, but oh well:

    can you copy all (or most) ntfs files to another
partition, then delete the original files, then try
re-defragging (and then copy the copies back)?

    also, it has in past releases been the case that
the effects of the CLI commands were different
from those of the GUI equivalents. you might try
dicking around with whichever set you didn't use
when you got disappointing results.

On Dec 20, 2007, at 10:20 AM, Tom Haddon wrote:

> On Thu, 2007-12-20 at 18:09 +0000, Charles Wyble wrote:
>> What version of windows? Any volume managers or 
>> compression/encryption programs in use?
> Windows XP. I used the standard Windows Defrag and then downloaded
> Ultradefrag as the standard Windows tool wasn't compacting the files
> appropriately:
> http://ultradefrag.sourceforge.net/
> I did then check back in the Windows Defrag tool and it reported
> everything moved nicely.
>> This is a rather interesting problem. I have done dozens of resizes 
>> of nt, XP, vista without incident.
>> How weird. :)
> Yeah, seriously...
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: Tom Haddon <tom at greenleaftech.net>
>> Date: Thu, 20 Dec 2007 09:31:08
>> To:SFLUG Mailing List <sf-lug at linuxmafia.com>
>> Subject: [sf-lug] NTFS resize failing...
>> 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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