[RndTbl] Resizing XP NTFS partitions

Bill Reid billreid at shaw.ca
Mon Apr 26 13:32:38 CDT 2004

I have used parted successfully. I think I have used it on NTFS file 
system but it does say it supports it.


Glen Ditchfield wrote:
> I have a Windows XP machine, and I want to add SuSE 9.0.  I want to cut the 
> existing 39GB NTFS partition in half to make room.  SuSE's installer tries, 
> but brings up a dialog box saying that due to limitations of the software, 
> the file system can only be shrunk by up to 3584 MB, and advises me to run a 
> disk defragmentation program under Windows to move the used blocks toward the 
> start of the partition.  If I use the installer CD in rescue mode and try 
> ntfsresize, it comes up with the same numbers.
> The Windows XP defragmenter shows the last half of the partition as being 
> free.  If I run it repeatedly, it claims to be compacting the same set of 
> files over and over, but SuSE's "3584MB" number doesn't change.
> Some web searching turns up suggestions that XP's NTFS is different from 
> earlier NTFS.  Can ntfsresize really shrink the partition by more than 
> 3584MB?
> Is Partition Magic my only hope?
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