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Subject: Re: Shrinking FAT<x> filesystems, fdisk like activity with data on the disk
there are some free tools out there for doing this job:
Keep in mind - there is NO guarantee, that you won`t loose your data -
backup is always highly recommended.
First really important step is to completely defragment your drive,
so that there is no data above the "split position".
- Commercial programs like Partition Magic (http://www.powerquest.com) do
splitting most cleanly and secure. an older version was on several german
computer magazines some time ago - for just some bucks. Maybe you can order
past issue - i could look out, which issues/magazines that have been.
Other good one is paragon partition manager
- One free tool i can remember and i used it a long time ago is fips - at
http://www.igd.fhg.de/~aschaefe/fips/ don`t know if it still is actual usable
for bigger drives, but it always worked good for me.
- Another free tool is gnu parted: http://www.gnu.org/software/parted/
it can resize fat32 - but i don`t know how good it works regarding
- Suse And Mandrake Linux have fat32 Partition resizer builtin into the
menu. maybe this is usable ? (perhaps exit installation before formatting)
- In the past i also made good experience with ranish partition manager
Since some of the tools (fips/ranish?) are dos based it could be somewhat
to access the archos hdd via usb, if you don`t have winbloze 98/ME :)
Maybe you will need to disassemble the drive and plug it to an ide interface
via 2.5" Adaptor. Then you can use ALL of the tools available without
> I want to play with re-partitioning my rockbox into a main and a smaller
> chunk, to use the smaller one as a UNIX backup location.
> Have other people done this? with 12+Gb of MP3s I'm reluctant to go before
> checking the various free and non-free disk partition managers work ok,
> don't cost the hours of downloading already done!
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