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Old 6th February 2012, 09:07 PM
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resizing existing partions on install

I detest windows but as I paid for it with this laptop, I prefer not to bin it.
Can the current installer successfully resize an ntfs patitition with win 7 on it.
Resizing with the win rubbish resize tool , resizes but leaves the OS unuseable.
Funny really proof win crap is rubbisb.

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Old 6th February 2012, 10:00 PM
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Re: resizing existing partions on install

Are you saying you could not "Shrink" the windows NTFS partition from using the disk management tool in windows? I always thought that was the "safest" method to resize a windows partition. It might be beneficial to defragment before shrinking (probably).
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Old 7th February 2012, 11:47 PM
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Re: resizing existing partions on install

I thought shrinking was safe,

But after installation of malware installed by scum posing a as microsoft support, I ended up making a sytem reistall using the Dell recovery,
As soon as it was installed with factory defaults, and ingoring all partitions, linux, I resized from 500GB to 100GB, it thaen failed to boot, so I did the same this time I gave it 200 GB , and it failes to boot. It needs an install disc with recue on it.

So If I could be sure tht the Fedora install could resizs , it would be back everything up and try one last time.
I'd use it as a guest in a VM, but this processor does not support virtualisation, so I can use the win restore discs as its 64 bit

TIA Richard
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Old 8th February 2012, 04:31 AM
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Re: resizing existing partions on install

I don't know how small you can make a win7 install, but I took my laptop from 250GB to 150GB with the windows disk management and installed F12 with no issues on my laptop into the recovered 100GB. This is on an Acer, though, and not on a Dell. I've not much experience with the Dell product line, so I don't know if there are any peculiarities with them. I also successfully used GParted to resize a Vista partition to install Fedora on my laptop.
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Old 8th February 2012, 11:08 AM
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Re: resizing existing partions on install

The veryfirst thing I did with this laptp was to resize the win 7 patition down to 50GB with the resize app.
So under that condition it did wok OK.
But after the malware was installed, yes I was bloody stupid for not spotting it was a scam quick enough,
it ran so slowly it couldn't open a browser.
So the backup options were to include any new appilcations or factory install, I chose the latter.
loading the 2 dvds with backup version it grabbed the whole HD all 500GB, so all my Fedora stuff was lost.

After that and subsequent installs as it grabbed the whole drive, I have resize down , the last time ti 200 GB.
but each time on boot win 7 gives an error message it wants the install dics to run rescue.

|Hence the question if the win 7 resize app is making a mess of it will the Fedora installer manage to resize the partition ?

Does that add some clarity to it ?
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