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Resizing ntfs partitions

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#1 DaChew


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Posted 31 October 2009 - 08:48 AM

On an XP computer I kept getting failed attempts to even start a resizing of existing partitions with Gparted Live as described in this guide


Another program failed also

When I tried with Paragon Partition Manager 10.0 Personal, it warned me that it could only resize contiguous primary partitions or logical drives in an extended partition but not a primary partition and and logical drive.

I had to copy all data to another hard drive and use disk manager to delete the logical drive(data partiton) and create a primary partition before I could resize the system partition.

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Posted 26 April 2010 - 04:23 AM

I'm also new in those things. Yesterday I bought a computer and i don't know to create a partition. Could someone help me please? I don't know what program should i use.

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Posted 28 May 2010 - 04:40 PM

PartedMagic. All the way.

I partitioned my 80GB hard drive with it, took about an hour to delete a 256MB partition resize a 70GB to a 30GB and create a 40GB partition, and there were no problems.

all the partitions were ext2 but I reformatted the 40GB into NTFS.

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Posted 03 June 2010 - 06:08 AM

I personally like a program called Partition Wizard Home edition . It's free and allows me to do everything that I can do with any paid program.


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Posted 21 June 2010 - 10:10 AM

EASEUS Partition Master 5.0.1 Home Edition

This one has a really simple interface. Drag the drive you want smaller, then drag the partition to add onto it, hit apply then reboot. And its free (home edition)

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Posted 06 August 2010 - 04:19 AM

You can try PowerQuest PARTITION MAGIC, it's powerful. You can find a tutorial explaining how to resize a partition with PowerQuest PARTITION MAGIC here:


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Posted 06 August 2010 - 05:32 AM

Partition Magic could be a problem - it is no longer available and does not run on Windows versions later than XP.



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Posted 26 April 2011 - 05:40 PM

With the troubles experienced resizing partitions, have moved to employ a cleaner approach.
  • Make an image of the contents of each drive on the HDD and save them on a second HDD.
  • Record which image was associated with which partition. ie; OS Drv = C:, Data = D: and so on as they will be needed when you re-image the drives.
  • Flatten the drive by deleting each partitions and returning it to its original condition.
  • Recreate the drives and associated partitions in the sizes desired. DO NOT select the Quick Format option.
  • Re-Image the newly created drives from the stored images in step #1.
The mindset focused on when using this technique is one where files and folders are secondary. The entire digital content of the drive is considered as a single unified entity.

To be able to accomplish this you will need experience in creating and restoring drives images using third party system backup software such as Ghost, TruImage, etc. You will also need patience as you will go through several long periods of waiting for processes to complete. One such process is the verification pas made after the image is created. During this pass any problems with image are detected. The process should be viewed as an essential component.

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