Ubuntu / Apple :: Shrink Mac OS X Partition On Dual Booting MBP?
May 28, 2010
After four attempts and diverse partition map problems, I finally managed to install successfully clean versions of both Mac OS X Snow Leopard and Ubuntu Lucid Lynx on my old MacBook Pro C2D (2,1) and a new 320 GB HDD, by following these instructions:[URL]
Now, I've got a big partition for Mac OS X (286 GB) and a small partition for Ubuntu (30 GB, as well as two smaller partitions for grub and swap). However, I'd like to shrink the Mac OS X partition to, say, 35 GB, and use the freed up 251 GB as a shared partition to keep files for access from both OSs. But Mac OS X Disk Utility won't let me resize the Mac OS X partition (and warns that it might not be a smart thing to do, as the disk has been partitioned for Boot Camp, etc).
Is there some way I can resize the partition, or do I have to start all over again?
I have booted from the .iso cd I made on my Mac last night and was tempted to install it on a 6gb partition that I have on my main HDD but was a bit scared to go past the fourth (or so) step in manual installing where I pick that partition and *do what?* Is it going to install the OS on that partition and leave everything else alone to give me a dual booting PowerMac? It doesn't quite say. I am fearful of screwing up my little ol' machine. Can anyone direct me to something that gives a step by step in manual installation on an already created (HFC+) partition to create a dual booting PowerMac?
To install Ubuntu alongside Windows 7, I have to shrink Windows 7 partition C:. But due to some unmovable files, I cannot shrink as much as I plan by using Windows own shrinking tool. I guess many of you who have both OSes on the same hard drive must have similar experience.
I can get ubuntu to work fine on its own (except for sound, a problem for another day), but I can't get dual booting to work.I'm using this page as a guide:URl...I started out with a clean OSX snow leopard install. I ran bootcamp and shrank my 320G hfs+ file system to 160G. I installed rEFIt, and rebooted twice (you don't see the menu after rebooting once). Then I booted from my 10.04 CD, and deleted the partition created by bootcamp using gparted.When I run the installer and tell it to use the largest continuous space, it makes the / file system in partition #5, and the swap partition in partition #5.
I figured that might cause problems with a MBR partition table, so I partitioned manually, and set up / in sda3 and swap in sda4.When I tried to configure the installation of the bootloader, I had a menu of possible places to install it. I picked /dev/sda3, but then the OK button was grayed out.
I am trying to install kubuntu on my macbook. I am able to boot from the CD and install fine, but when I try to boot from the linux partition the cursor blinks for a while, then the screen goes blank.I have used the rEFIt partition utility, but when I try to reinstall the grub bootloader as described here: it says "sudo: grub: command not found"When it try "grub", it says:"The program 'grub' is not currently installed. You can install it by typing:sudo apt-get install grub"
Trying to install Ubuntu (any atm) on my father's HP destop. When i install, the partition manager wont allow me to shrink the windows partition to fit ubuntu in, and when i go to gparted to do it manually, it says that there are damaged sectors. is there a way to force ubuntu to install?
I got an old Sony Vaio from a friend & wanted to keep a stripped down version of windows along side 10.04. During installation when I saw two Windows partitions. I saved the first one which was about 5 gig & deleted the other bigger partition & used ext4 on the free space for Ubuntu. I assume I only kept the recovery partition so basically I have sda1 (recovery partition)ntfs & the rest ext4. If I pick Windows from the grub menu at start-up the recovery starts but then shuts down with an error. I'm assuming its looking for the other ntfs partition to install & can't find it but I'm not sure what to do. I haven't done anything with Ubuntu yet so deleting & reinstalling is not a problem but if I do getting back to the restore menu probably will be. I don't have any disks that came with the computer either.
I have a Lenovo thinkpad T400 with Vista x64 that I want to dual-boot with fedora 10. The T400's original config has 3 primary partions:
1) Vista boot partition (some weird partition that it only uses to boot... this is my first time using Vista so I don't know the details, but I think it has to be there and it has to be a separate partition from the "data" partition)
2) Vista data partition
3) Lenovo Rescue and Recovery partition (a separate bootable partition that is used for recovery, backups, ...)
My first attempt was to shrink the recovery partition and add a new extended partition that has the two standard fedora logical volumes and an extra NTFS to be shared between the OS's (I usually use FAT32 for this one, but NTFS support seems to be pretty solid now).
Everything was fine, but I couldn't boot into the rescue partition. According to this site:
You *have* to have a linux boot partition be your primary partition. Other people have told me the same thing and that site has an explanation, but I don't get it =)
So, it seems that I need 5 primaries (3 original vista/lenovo primaries, 1 linux primaray to put the boot stuff into, and 1 extended for everything else) to make this work (which is not possible). Can anyone think of something else I could do (other than getting rid of Vista and the Lenovo stuff and giving them both the finger?) I'm thinking maybe I could make an extended partition and move one or more of the Vista/Lenovo partitions in there, but I'm not sure if they could boot.
I'm trying to achieve my dream (but indeed not perfect) boot scenario: dual-boot OpenSUSE and Fedora with shared /boot, /home and SWAP partitions. First I installed OpenSUSE (sda3 on my layout below) with separate /boot (sda2), /home (sda5, encrypted) and SWAP (sda6), next I installed Fedora on /dev/sda1, and pointed it to mount sda2, sda5, sda6 with respective mount points, without formatting. I proceeded with the installation without installing new GRUB bootloader (overwriting an existing one).
It was successfull and now I'm back in OpenSuSE trying to edit menu.lst file (under /boot/grub) to make GRUB boot Fedora.
I attached a copy of menu.lst I cooked up for now. OK, it's a mess. Life would be allot easier if I didn't have a separate /boot partition, as I could just chainload, but it's no longer possible (or is it?). May be I needed to specify the resume device or problem is in initrd? below are the contents of /boot:
The problem is, on a machine, you can only have 4 primary partitions. sda1 and sda2 are my Vista and Recovery partitions respectively, which eliminates two of my primary partitions already. I myself have never used logical partitions, and was wondering if any of the partitions the Beginner's Guide recommends (/, swap, /var, and /home) could be made logical, and if I even need a swap partition.
Here is screenshot showing my current partition in Gparted. Screenshot-1.jpg What I want to do is shrink the one (Ubuntu) and extend the other (XP) so that that they are more or less the same size. How?
Well... I've been givin this task, to make a script that shrinks the /dev/sda1 partition...generally my scripts is working.. it just destroys all data on the sda1 partition when it gets shrinked... i still dont get why =PYou see... i have to shrink the partition sda1 ( with ubuntu 10.04.1 ), but with the installation intact, through a script...I boot via the ubunto live cd, use my script, and my new partition sda3 is created perfectly as ext4.But as i mentioned earliere, data is lost on sda1
Currently I have a four partition setup: One ext4 /boot partition for Fedora, one LVM partition, one ext4 partition (which has Ubuntu), and one swap partition. What I would like to do is shrink down the ext4 partition which has Ubuntu on it and increase the size of my LVM parition (and increase the Volume Group, filesystem, etc. within the LVM). However, I've been searching on Google and the only solutions I find is to make the free/unpartitioned space and then create a new LVM partition and stretch the VG over the two LVM partitions. However, I already have 4 partitions, so I can't make the fifth one.
Is there any possible way I can increase the size of the underlying LVM partition itself?
Having using full-time on Windows (as a "trip down memory lane") I decided that Ubuntu is way better. Now, it won't resize my full-drive NTFS partition. I can move it on the drive, but I can not resize it.
I am completely ubuntu right now, and I need to create a partition for XP without losing all the work I have on ubuntu. How can I shrink ubuntu's partition to make a 15 gb partition for XP without losing data?According to Gparted:
know the best way to shrink the Windows 7 64 bit primary partition (C: drive)? The C: drive was originally just over 900 GB free space. I shrunk it using Windows 7 Disk Management, but it would only let me shrink to 468 GB, which I did. I want to shrink it to 100 GB. Will G-Parted work for this? Will I be able to boot into Windows after I use G-Parted? Or will I have to use the Repair Disc to fix Windows? If so, will the Repair Disc work. I have a new PC. I had Ubuntu 10.10 dual booted with Windows XP on my old PC.
Here is what I did: 1. Booted the Ubuntu CD at startup and opened the installer 2. Clicked forward on time, keyboard, etc. and came to PARTITION 3. Manually Partitioned Drives... I made a EXT4 File System 50 GB for Ubuntu And a 3 GB swap area for ram (BUT in the process, my NTSF 250 GB Drive with Vista and my files was wiped) 4. I continued with setup and successfully installed Ubuntu
My boot menu at startup (GRUBS)
Now has: Ubuntu Ubuntu(recovery mode) Memory Test Another Memory Test Microsoft Windows XP Embedded (on /dev/sda5)
The XP one gives me an error: The windows boot configuration data file does not contain a valid OS entry
Is there a way to get Vista and my files back? If not, how can I dual boot Ubuntu and get Windows Vista or Windows 7?
How can I shrink a partition to the filesystem size?I copied my ubuntu installation via dd from a smaller partition to a little bit bigger one to have all the same settings and programs and upgraded the distribution afterwards. Now the filesystem is smaller than the partition size. It would be nice to have both partitions have the same size so I could copy back the newer distribution someday ...GParted recognizes the new partition as 27 GB, the filesystem is just 25 GB.Is there a nice way to resize the partition to exact the size of the filesystem so that the filesystems remains untouched and no data might me lost?
I run Fedora FC13-x64. Recently I added a few TB's of RAID5 storage tto my server and moved most data from the root filesystem to that. Now my root volume is way too big. My basic install resulted in a 1TB LVM volume group entirely dedicated to a single lv_root.
Now I want to make room and eventually clone this disk to a much smaller root disk. I see many threads about reducing the size of an LVM logical volume. My first steps were succesful. I used lvreduce and resize2fs to reduce the size of the logical volume and filesystem. I also user pvreduce to reduce the size of the physical volume group.
But still gparted and fdisk report the physicalk volume (/dev/sde2) as 900GB. The embedded LVM stuff is as small as 60GB. Anyway LVM manager and GParted doe not allow me to shrink /dev/sdf2 to snuggly fit the LVM stuff in it.
I recently installed ubuntu alongside windows 7 on my machine. I ardly know anything about partitions, but I managed to shrink the windows partition to make space, abd then use the ubuntu installer to create the ubuntu partition. But I hadn't realized that there were actually 3 Windows partitions - "Acer C:", "Recovery", and "System, Active, Primary Partition".
So I didn't know that I should have made the ubuntu partition "Extended", which means that I can't make new partitions anymore. Is there anything I can do without reinstalling ubuntu?
this might deviate from "installation" theme.. I'm writing an immediate problem since the last thread: [URL] problem is the vista partition is impossible to shrink now, though there's 50 G free space. Every try found in : [URL] does not work including Perfect disk degrag. I think this is because fedora system is there. some code is written to vista partition..that vista cannot handle.....
I've been trying to use GParted Live CD to shrink my Windows XP partition and allocate this space to /home.
On GParted I shrank my /dev/sda1 (Windows) from 36GB to 26 GB. Then I had 10 GB of unallocated space. I didn't know how I could use this unallocated space to increase the size of /dev/sda7 (/home). How do you do this?
I have a laptop that came with Windows Vista (64-bit) installed. I created a new partition and installed XP (also 64-bit) alongside it.Last night I shrunk my XP partition and created another new partition and installed Linux (CentOS 64-bit) on it. I made an error in judgment and didn't allocate enough space, so I need about 10 more gigs for the Linux partition. It boots up and runs, but I need about 10 more gigs of storage for the files I want to keep on the partition (and yes, they have to be on the partition, I definitely need to know how to do this, not a workaround)I went into Vista and shrunk the XP partition by 10 gigs, so now I have 10 gigs of free, non-partitioned space.
As it stands, when I start up the computer I get the GRUB boot loader. I can boot my Linux install or choose "Other" and be taken to the Vista boot loader. From there I can choose XP or Vista to boot.So, my question is... what is the best way to append the 10 gigs of free space to the Linux partition? Is this something I should do inside of Linux? I have the option to do it in Vista, but the partition shows up as "healthy" but without a file system type.I just don't want to screw up the boot loader, partitions or anything else.This isn't my area of expertise, so if anyone could give me a good suggestion or solid answer