How do I resize an NTFS partition with GParted Live?

By moriarty
Jan 30, 2013
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  1. Hope this is the right forum for this topic! I have acquired an old Pentium 3 laptop. It has a 40GB HDD installed (all one NTFS partition) and about 8GB of software.

    I want to clone the drive on to a 20GB, keeping the existing software, so that I can use the 40GB elsewhere, but first I need to resize the C: partition down to below 20GB. I have downloaded gparted-live-0.14.1-6 and burnt it to a CD, but it is unable to resize an NTFS partition. It says it needs 'ntfsprogs/ntfs-3g'.

    The trouble is that even if I downloaded ntfsprogs I would not know what to do with it. Presumably it has to be on the CD, but to get there it would have to be included in the iso file before I burned it. I am a total Linux ignoramus, and if this involves the sort of operation I suspect, it is an order of magnitude beyond my IT skills!

    Can anyone give me some idea of what I would have to do?



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