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Unable to Shrink Vista Partition


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#1 applesauce1234

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Posted 21 December 2011 - 01:29 AM

Hi

I am having trouble shrinking my Vista partition on my Toshiba Satellite.

I have a dual boot set up with Linux Mint on one partition and Vista on the other... When I installed Mint I was only able to put it on a partition of about 10 GB.

At this point, my Vista partition has about 60 GB of free space, and has been defragmented (including boot degragmented) about a dozen time... it now states that there is no defragmentation.

yet when I try to shrink the partition, it says that there is no free space available.

my problem is explained exactly on the following guide, but none of the solutions here seem to have done anything.

http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/windows-vista/working-around-windows-vistas-shrink-volume-inadequacy-problems/

Do I have any other option aside from reinstalling Vista?

thanks!

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Posted 21 December 2011 - 01:03 PM

A couple of stray thoughts.

Did you make the system recovery DVD set in case your hard drive goes bad?
Have you made a backup of the hard drive just in case something goes wrong?

This might work as a possibility.
If you have a desktop computer and a spare hard drive for scratch use that you can use, then some of the disk clone software will let you resize partitions during the clone process. You just have to make sure it can also handle Linux partitions.

I believe Seagate & WD have free versions of Acronis that will run as long as it detects their brand of hard drive.

Good Luck

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