shrink ntfs

Jerry McAllister jerrymc at
Mon Nov 17 16:53:07 PST 2008

On Tue, Nov 18, 2008 at 01:39:48AM +0100, Albert Shih wrote:

> Hi all,
> Newbie question from a not newbie (well I think ;-) )
> I've install many FreeBSD, but I always use the all disk.
> If I've a laptop come with winxp  ? How can I shrink the
> WinNT partition ? Can the FreeBSD install CD do that ? 
> If he can't what's your advice for some software to do that ? 

No, it cannot.  There are a couple of utilities that come with FreeBSD
but, at last check, they did not handle NTFS.

I have successfully used Partition Magic version 7.0 (8.0 is crap) 
as long as it is not on a USB drive.   It won't handle USB and 8.0
will not either even though it claims it will.

I have also successfully used 'gparted' which is downloadable.
It worked for NTFS and also worked fine with USB disk.   There is
yet another one whose name I don't remember now.

Download gparted and burn a CD to boot and do the work. Or, buy Partition
Magic 7.0 and build the floppies.  Don't try using either on a running 


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