Resize ext3 Partition

David Liguori liguorid at
Mon Jan 24 15:07:30 UTC 2005

Shane Archer wrote:
> I have an install of FC3 on an ext3 partition, with an older NTFS 
> partition containing an XP install on the same drive.
> I am using XP less and less on this particular system, and I need to 
> reclaim more space for /var which is on the drive. What program or 
> utility, if any, would be capable of non-destructively shrinking the 
> NTFS partition while expanding the ext3 partition?
> I looked into Partition Magic Pro, but it appears that it does not 
> support ext3, as their site claims only ext2 and swap:
> Has anybody used anything else successfully in this manner?
> Thanks,
> Shane
Partition Magic was supporting ext3 since well before Symantec bought it.  As long as you're willing to use commercial software, I think it will just work.  There are comparable products, like Partition Commander, but PM is in my experience the best.  The open-source alternative is called, I think, FIPS, but I have no knowledge or experience of that.  Of course you should always do a complete backup of your system before using any of these products, but you knew that.

David Liguori

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