Today at work I received a new Dell laptop for one of our employees. We normally split the HDD into two partitions (C: and D:). D: is used to hold all of the user’s data such as; word documents, pdf’s, etc… I didn’t want to go through the hassle of formatting the C: drive and then splitting it through the XP boot disk, so I did some research on alternate ways of accomplishing this task. Most articles I found stated that Ubuntu Live disks worked incredibly well. They couldn’t have been more right.
Resizing NTFS partitions with Ubuntu
- Insert Ubuntu Disk (I used 9.04)
- Reboot PC and when prompted boot from disk
- Click “Try Ubuntu without installing”
- Once booted into Ubuntu go to System > Administration > Users and Groups
- Click on Root and then on Configure
- Create a password for root and click ok
- Open up a terminal window and type in su without the quotes and press enter
- Enter the root password you just configured and press enter
- type in gparted and press enter
- Once the gparted GUI launches, you’ll notice a graph of the HDD and how its split up in partitions. Right click the partition you want to resize and click resize
- Once the new window opens, change the partition size to whatever you wish and click ok
- After step 11, you can either apply the changes and allocate the free space through windows or right click it and format it with NTFS.