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So I have searched through the threads and read other posts but i’m still not sure what to do…
I initially set up the partition at a 50-50 split. I then realized that I have about 100 gigs of music/pictures/movies that I want on one drive. I also have a 500GB external hard drive that I want to be able to back my netbook up to. Unfortunately I set up the partition at an initial 50-50 split.
My questions are:
1. From reading it looks like I can go back and resize these, is there a recommended way to do this (like restoring the netbook to the original stage?)
2. How should I set up the partition? Im really just using it for music/pictures which is why I need more than the 50-50 split for the hard drive. Does it make sense in my case to just have one huge drive?
3. How do I go about backing everything up to the external hard drive?
1. Given the software on the laptop, you can only resize the partitions that first time it ask you. But you can resize later using any Linux LiveCD (like Ubuntu, System Restore CD, Gparted) that has GParted installed. You can also get some Windows based partition resizers.
2. Partition setup is personal. 🙂 One thought is that you make the C drive just big enough to hold Windows and any software you install. All of you personal data goes onto D. That way, you can reinstall (restore) XP without having to backup your data directly.
My HD is going setup 30GiB Winxp, 118ish (remainder) for Data, 12 GiB Linux (install and home). If you aren’t really installing that many programs (and probably even if you are) the C drive could probably go down to about 20 GiB without any problem.
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