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Is Gparted a data harmless re-partition Software?

asked 2013-12-22 09:30:23 -0500

Charles Wang gravatar image

updated 2014-01-23 21:23:23 -0500

FranciscoD_ gravatar image

Hi, all. I have a 500GB disk running Windows 7 and Ubuntu 13.10 as dual boot system, now I wan to install Fedora 20 as a triple boot system, but I have no room for Fedora, What should I do? My disk partitions is : /dev/sda1( sda1 here after): 50GB,NTFS; sda2: 150GB,NTFS; sda5, 200GB,NTFS, 100GB free; sda6-8 for root, swap and home of Ubuntu, about 100GB. I want to re-partition 60GB from sda5 for Fedora, How should I do? Many thanks for your kindness answer.

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Yes, it is. I got it.

Charles Wang gravatar imageCharles Wang ( 2013-12-30 11:15:11 -0500 )edit

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answered 2014-01-23 21:14:23 -0500

Greg Wright gravatar image

I wouldnt say Harmless but no more so than any other re-partitioning software Incase this is your first time installing Fedora it takes 500MB for /boot and likes 50GB for root " / " although you can always set partitioning manually. but whats more concerning to me is all those NTFS partitions on your drive (instead of using NTFS as a multi OS filesystem try ext2fsd for windows)

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It's always recommended to shrink windows partitions using the windows disk management tools. Gparted works, but the windows management tools tend to work better.

FranciscoD_ gravatar imageFranciscoD_ ( 2014-01-23 21:24:24 -0500 )edit

And always take a backup as well. Bugs can have disastrous consequences

mether gravatar imagemether ( 2014-01-23 23:31:22 -0500 )edit

answered 2014-01-24 02:03:26 -0500

NickTux gravatar image

There is no program for re-partitioning that is considered as completely harmless. Gparted is one of the best partitioning programs as it supports too many filesystems (Linux and Windows). Use it carefully and it is always a good idea to have a backup before you begin.

Shrink the partition you want with Gparted, but you have to know that the partition must be unmounted. Maybe you must use a Live media (CD/USB). Use one of Ubuntu if you have, Gparted is included.

Read the documentation before you proceed to the installation. storage and partitioning

As an extra tip, I would recommend to format the filesystem in ext4 (or any other Linux filesystem). That way you will locate it easier in Fedora's installer and with fewer chances to mess up.

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