Re: shrinking Windows C: drive to make room for Linux

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On Thu, Aug 3, 2023 at 7:33 PM Neal Becker <ndbecker2@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:

On Thu, Aug 3, 2023 at 10:26 AM Bill Cunningham <bill.cu1234@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:

On 8/3/2023 6:14 AM, George N. White III wrote:
On Thu, Aug 3, 2023 at 12:37 AM Michael Hennebry <hennebry@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
None of the hits I got from search made explicit that one
could shrink the C: partition even while it was in use.
They focused on getting around Windows shrink's liomitations.
From the list responses, I gather that one can
indeed srink the C: partition while it is in use.

I've been shrinking the Windows partition to make space for linux using 
Windows Disk Management for years.   There are caveats.  See:

George N. White III

One thing I have noticed while on the subject of partitions , is that most partition systems leave some extra space unaccounted for. I free this up with gparted myself. I haven't used windows to shrink a partition for a while and I am sure it does the same thing. Windows reports some space but not all of it, while gparted does report all the space.

I just went through this to install Fedora on my wife's laptop.  I tried the windows shrink, but it would only free up 128MB of the 60GB that should have been available.  I followed elaborate instructions to tell windows not to use a paging file, and also turned off some other feature that uses hidden space, but never got windows to free up more than 128MB.  I gave up and stole the recovery partition, which was 18GB.  Not much, but good enough for now. 

I generally do this on a fresh install of Windows before files that couldn't be moved accumulated.

George N. White III

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