Ubuntu :: Disk Partitioning Without Touching OS?

Jul 3, 2010

i currently have ubuntu server installed, where i host some files. now is it possible to create a new partition on my disk and move the data there, without resintalling the OS?if so, how?

root@kitsch:~# df -T
Filesystem Type 1K-blocks Used Available Use% Mounted on


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Mar 13, 2010

When you paratition the disk on windows, it leaves all your documents on it, right?

There, there's 49% left. IF I set Ubuntu to 48% of the disk, would it destroy the files that are on the right 48% of the disk? Or, does it not matter if you defragment

That's not my hard drive deframenting, it's just one I found on the web. It's rather small at 4 GB.

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I've already installed Windows 7. It's my opinion that it's easiest to begin with Windows.

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The Backtrack 4 installation will also be given 100 GB space, I want it to be encrypted. The Ubuntu installation should get the rest of all the remaining space and preferably be encrypted but it's not 100% necessary.

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Following a crash from a now detectable faulty stick of RAMM, I've lost one of my data hard disks and my fiddling with replacement seems to leave various errors/warnings mainly about GPT not supported and this message is still present despite trying fdisk, cfdisk, gpart, gparted, and(?).

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I press the power button. The POST test processes and then boots into windows no questions asked, as if it's the only OS on the system.

I want to keep it that way even after Ubuntu is installed.

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I've read the official documentation regarding hard drives and partitions. My pc has two hard drives. a 160gb primary hard drive with windows 7 a 1.5 tb secondary hard drive with about 80gb of free space I would like to know whether I can install ubuntu on the secondary hard drive, without touching any of the data present on that drive. From my limited understanding of storage, files are written all over hard drives during copy, move etc... Is the ubuntu partition manager smart enough not to overwrite any files during installation? Will I get a warning if there is a risk of any data loss on the secondary hard drive? I cannot backup any of the data on the secondary hard drive due to all my external drives currently being full.

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