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Hi, I recently bought a laptop and want to install linux in a dual-booting environment. But I am unable to partition my 76GB drive. It's a single NTFS partition drive. Even partition magic 8.0 cannot partition it. It gives me a funny error "Too many errors". I think it said something about unable to release a "lock" or something as well. Can somebody please suggest what I should do to resize the partitions? Thanks and regards, Rajat....

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    Default NTFS partition cannot be resized

    Hi,
    I recently bought a laptop and want to install linux in a dual-booting
    environment. But I am unable to partition my 76GB drive. It's a single
    NTFS partition drive. Even partition magic 8.0 cannot partition it.
    It gives me a funny error "Too many errors". I think it said something
    about unable to release a "lock" or something as well.
    Can somebody please suggest what I should do to resize the partitions?
    Thanks and regards,
    Rajat.
    rajat Guest

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    Default Re: NTFS partition cannot be resized

    rajat wrote:
    > Hi,
    > I recently bought a laptop and want to install linux in a dual-booting
    > environment. But I am unable to partition my 76GB drive. It's a single
    > NTFS partition drive. Even partition magic 8.0 cannot partition it.
    > It gives me a funny error "Too many errors". I think it said something
    > about unable to release a "lock" or something as well.
    > Can somebody please suggest what I should do to resize the partitions?
    > Thanks and regards,
    > Rajat.
    Does the BIOS have a virus protection in it?
    Did you defrag the disk including free space?
    You could try a different partition tool though it may not do any
    better if the disk actually does have a lot of errors on it.

    There are a couple free ones listed at these links.
    [url]http://lists.gpick.com/pages/Partitioning_Tools~Info.htm[/url]
    [url]http://tweakhomepc.virtualave.net/dual/dualbootutils.html[/url]
    [url]http://www.winwarelinks.com/apps/utilities/disk_management_utilities.htm[/url]

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    David Guest

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    Default Re: NTFS partition cannot be resized

    In article <d9f3ad0.0309072236.7de7ea0eposting.google.com> , rajat wrote:
    > Hi,
    > I recently bought a laptop and want to install linux in a dual-booting
    > environment. But I am unable to partition my 76GB drive. It's a single
    > NTFS partition drive. Even partition magic 8.0 cannot partition it.
    > It gives me a funny error "Too many errors". I think it said something
    > about unable to release a "lock" or something as well.
    > Can somebody please suggest what I should do to resize the partitions?
    > Thanks and regards,
    Did you run partition magic using the "recover" dos diskettes?

    Don't think you can repartition the boot NTFS partition when booting
    and running PM from the boot hard drive.
    a user Guest

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