Cleaning up partitionmess on dual boot system

Luke Yelavich themuso at
Mon May 26 22:44:02 BST 2008

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On Mon, May 26, 2008 at 09:26:43PM EST, ANN wrote:
> Hi folks,
> I recently tried to install the latest Ubuntu Linux on an external hard 
> drive. It was kind of a disaster at first, so I ended up putting it on 
> my internal drive, instead. I have a dual boot system with XP Home also 
> on that 80 GB drive.
> Is there an accessible tool that I can use, with the orca screen reader, 
> to safely and nondestructively resize my Window partition to get a good 
> chunk of the space taken by the Ubuntu partition?

What you will need to do, is use a live CD to completely delete the Ubuntu partitions, and resize the windows partition to the size you want. Once you have done this, you can re-create the Ubuntu partitions and re-install. There is no way to resize the ubuntu partitions from the beginning of the partitions, only the end. So you will have to back up any important data from ubuntu that you need.

I believe the gparted utility on the live CD can help you do the above. I would advise you to make sure you have everything important backed up, in case something happens and you destroy your disk.

Hope this helps.

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