Shrink windows system from drive not partition

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by pelai, Nov 9, 2008.

  1. pelai macrumors newbie

    Mar 1, 2006
    I've got a Macpro with 4 internal drives. One drive has been entirely dedicated to windows. For videoeditingreasons I am now in need of this drive(setting up a 3 internaldisk raid 0). My intention is to keep my last and fourth internal drive for my osx system and share it with the bootcamp windows partition. Meaning, I need to rezise my windows system from the drive so it will fit the new 50gb bootcamp partition.

    I was going to use winclone as I have done before on my macbook.
    Here is my problem:
    I need first to shrink my windows system and then install it on a new partition on the osx system drive but when I try the shrink NTFS system in Winclone I cannot seem to select the windows NTFS drive. I am only given the option to select a partition or disk image.

    Is this possible with Winclone? Is there any other freeware app or way to do this to shrink my 500g windows system and then restore it in a new bootcamp partition on the OSX system disk?

    Thanx for any help.
  2. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus


    Jan 9, 2004
    Grand Rapids, MI, USA
    Can't Disk Utility shrink the partition?

    Gparted could certainly also do it, although you might have to make a live CD of Ubuntu or whatever and do it off there.
  3. pelai thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 1, 2006

    Thanx for the input.
    I managed to solve it on my own though.
    It is possible with winclone to make a dmg of the windows drive firstly and then use the shrink tool to make it smaller so it will fit the smaller bootcamp partition.
    The good thing with this option (as opposed to diskutility that I did not try) is that the windowsdrive stays intact during the process so there is no risk of losing the windows data. :)
  4. Infrared macrumors 68000


    Mar 28, 2007
    There are tools with some versions of Windows already
    that will shrink partitions. E.g., diskpart, diskmgmt.msc.

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