Resize XP partition after its already installed?

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by mlrproducts, Apr 6, 2006.

  1. mlrproducts macrumors 6502

    Apr 18, 2004
    Does anyone know of a non-destructive way to repartion the XP partition to make it larger after XP has already been installed? These dang games now days take up too much space, and so does XP!
  2. esaleris macrumors 6502

    Oct 18, 2005
  3. ThatWasAwkward macrumors member


    Jan 23, 2006
    I was actually wondering about this myself. Any light anyone can shed on this would be helpful. Would using Disk Utility to resize the partitions be destructive?
  4. erkanasu macrumors 6502

    Jan 11, 2006
    Dont have an answer, but worst case theres a method for uninstalling boot camp and windows, then you could start all over again( it resizes it to your old osx partition), which would suck
  5. erkanasu macrumors 6502

    Jan 11, 2006
  6. ManchesterTrix macrumors 6502

    Feb 24, 2005
    I'm pretty sure there isn't a way, Even if you could use whatever process Apple did, it'd be destructive to the Windows partition if you made it NTFS and probably even if you made it FAT32. You could use Partition Magic for Windows but I'm 99% sure that would be destructive of your HFS+ partition.
  7. Josh macrumors 68000


    Mar 4, 2004
    State College, PA
    Yes, there is a way.

    A Windows (NT/XP) partition can be resized non-destructively. Most modern Linux installations do this all the time, infact, I've recently done it myself.

    I am not certain how boot camp works, having never used it, but one thing you might try:

    Download Ubuntu linux, burn the cd, and begin as if you were going to install Linux.

    Before a single thing is installed, it has you set up your parition table, where you can create/delete/resize partions.

    At this point you'd be able to resize the Windows partion, and create any new ones (ext2/ext3 should be recognized on a Mac). Once you write the partion table to disk, you can abort the installation without having installed anything, and go through with whatever your plans were.

    Be warned though: Resizing an existing partion can take a pretty long time for the system to do. And, once written to disk, any changes you make cannot be undone.
  8. sconstantine macrumors newbie

    Nov 27, 2006
    Anyone tried this or have any success stories with other attempts?

    Or how about iPartition?

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