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    parition magic "BAD" partition

    After a long moral struggle of deciding what to use as a desktop OS (used a mixture of FreeBSD and Linux for apps that bastards make that don't run on BSD properly). Although I prefer BSD I am migrating to gentoo because I simply can't have two desktops and I need a number of apps which run incorrectly on BSD.

    Here is my disk layout:
    Disk 1 (80GB): [70GB FreeBSD ufs2][10GB XP ntfs]
    Disk 2 (80GB): [50GB Linux Ext3][30GB shared ext2]

    I want my disk layout to be:
    [80GB Linux]
    [50GB XP][30GB shared]

    I want to move and expand my XP parition so I don't have to reinstall all my crap, but parition magic says my (whole) disk 1 is of parition type "BAD". Is there anything I can do to fix this?

    Thanks.

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    >parition magic says my (whole) disk 1 is of parition type "BAD". Is there anything I can do to fix this?

    Not use partition magic?

    Try whatever partition tool comes with your linux installer.

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    As perspective said, nothing wrong with using the tools you get with your Linux install.. Since you are going with Gentoo, you have your choice of fdisk, and I believe they even throw cfdisk (a slightly more friendly version of fdisk) onto the install image - both of these should do just fine for you.

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    I would just use fdisk but that can't move my ntfs partition
    I may just have to wipe and reinstall.

    I had been planning on reinstalling everything but windows crap (which I hoped I could just move) because all the registration and such is really annoying.
    Last edited by valis; 05-22-2006 at 05:12 PM.

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    partition magic is the only program I know of that can resize NTFS partitions. If it's having problems with your disk, then you probably don't have any options other than repartitioning your drive.

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    ntfsprogs can actually resize it, so that wouldn't be a problem.

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    Well I don't know why I didn't just copy my windows partition to where I wanted it before (ntfsprogs can copy, just not move) so I have that all sorted out.

    I however have a new problem, my mbr for disk2 seems to be screwed up or something (maybe it's ntldr). I can boot to the new windows partition from disk1 (which still has my old 10GB win partition) but when booting with disk2 ntldr never comes up. I ran fixmbr \Device\Harddisk1 and fixboot d: but my knowledge of windows isn't that great (and that stuff didn't fix it), anyone have ideas?
    Last edited by valis; 05-23-2006 at 10:08 PM.

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