Setting up partitions for dual-boot (w/ WinXP) via Intrepid installer

NoOp glgxg at
Thu Apr 9 15:30:44 UTC 2009

On 04/08/2009 09:06 PM, Mike.lifeguard wrote:
> I'm trying to set up a dual-boot system by adding Intrepid to my WinXP
> machine - this requires that I resize (shrink) the NTFS partition. However,
> in the installer, I don't see the option to do that (which is referred to in
> the docs & several people have told me it exists). The options presented to
> me are a) guided - use the whole disc b) manual. (neither of which can
> resize existing partitions).
> I'm guessing that the resize option only appears when there is enough
> contiguous free space on the disc (which I don't have). So, beyond
> defragging aggressively and reducing the page file size in Windows, is there
> any other way to gain contiguous disc space?
> I did try to use Gparted to re-partition, but it tells me I have bad sectors
> so it cannot resize the partition safely. To fix that, run chkdsk /f /r and
> reboot twice, then use ntfsresize's --bad-sectors option to resize. Is it
> really safe to do that? Do I still need to worry about creating contiguous
> free space if I use that option?
> Is there some reason to use the installer vs Gparted (vs something else?) to
> setup the partitions? Probably the installer will be easiest, but only if I
> can get the option to show up.
> Thanks for your help,
> -Mike

In addition to Eberhard's good advice, you might want to have a look at:
[same as 8.04]
See: >>>

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