WINDOWS TOOLS: GPARTED
( Sizing an NTFS Partition )
Julia ( aka teacher ) sent us the following Tip:
you have an NTFS partition that is being a little troublesome, you
might need a program designed to boot from disk that allows you total
control over your hard drive to resize or partition your NTFS and other
One tool for partitioning a NTFS partition before installing your
program is the Gnu Parted Project Gparted
is a small 36 MB ISO-imaged program that you can simply click to
download and then burn it with one of the two packages in the tip: WINDOWS TOOLS: BURNING ISOs
first thing you need to do after burning your CD is put it in your
CD-ROM drive and make sure your BIOS is set to allow you to boot for
When it boots up it will come up to the first screen.
Simply press enter to “boot” the computer from the disk. Next you will
get a series of screens where it asks for your monitor parameters. You
can simply press enter at each screen if you don't know your settings.
Most computers are set up for a monitor resolution of 1024x768 as well
as a setting of 16 or 24 million colors.
Now you will come to
a screen with a menu at the top and a graphic showing your hard drive.
It might look a little daunting but it really is not. It looks like
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There are two ways to select your drive and partition it. First click
on “Edit” and then “Resize” at the top of your screen.
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first method is to click on the image of your drive and grab either end
of a drive you want to resize by dragging it to the size you want. The
second method is to go down below and change the numbers in each of the
selection boxes. The “Free Space Preceding” box will move your
partition to the right. Set your size in the new size box. The “Free
Space Following” box will allow you to set how much space there is
after your drive. Keep in mind that as you change the size in one of
the boxes it will change the others.
One you have finished then
you select the type of partition and the File System. You can set it as
ext3 if you are looking at any of the distros. Some distros can be set
as Reiser but some do not handle that well. If you are partitioning it
for Windows you most likely will want FAT32 to make it easy to ready
from Linux. If it is for a Windows 95 or earlier, then select FAT16.
Once you are done you need to select “Edit” and then “Apply” at the top
of your screen.
you close this out you will have a blank screen with a button at the
very bottom right corner that looks like a power button. Click on the
button to reboot your computer. Don't forget to remove your disk as
your computer starts back up or you will find yourself going right back
Have fun preparing your drive for Linux.
-- Mar 27 2006 --