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    Phoronix: GParted 0.17 Supports Online Resizing

    GParted 0.17.0 was released today and its key feature is support for online resizing of file-systems along with other bug fixes and updates...

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=MTUzOTM

  • #2
    I find software RAID support to be a bigger deal - it kind of surprises me it took so long.

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    • #3
      Software Raid mdadm is so common these days... gparted really needs to fully support mdadm raid !

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      • #4
        To online resizing, I only have to say... Fucking finally!

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        • #5
          Originally posted by xeekei View Post
          To online resizing, I only have to say... Fucking finally!
          Yeah. Now we just need people to realize that resizing is a professional RAID feature. One of those don't-try-this-at-home-kids things.

          "I resized a partition and now my PC/laptop won't boot" was one of the most common complaints I saw on Ubuntu Forums along with "WiFi doesn't work" and "I tried to set up dual boot and lost all my data".

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          • #6
            Originally posted by prodigy_ View Post
            Yeah. Now we just need people to realize that resizing is a professional RAID feature. One of those don't-try-this-at-home-kids things.

            "I resized a partition and now my PC/laptop won't boot" was one of the most common complaints I saw on Ubuntu Forums along with "WiFi doesn't work" and "I tried to set up dual boot and lost all my data".
            Yeah, I dare not resize any partition with data in it. Back in the days when i used windows, i used to defrag and make sure nothing was at the end of the partition before i shrink it, but one does not do that with ext4, rite?

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            • #7
              Originally posted by busukxuan View Post
              Yeah, I dare not resize any partition with data in it. Back in the days when i used windows, i used to defrag and make sure nothing was at the end of the partition before i shrink it, but one does not do that with ext4, rite?
              Yeah, such a feature requires plenty of warnings, and possibly a "safe resize (slow)" option that will migrate all data that would be affected to a better place on the partition (i.e., a relocate-to-front (or end if that's how the resize goes) defragment).

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              • #8
                I've lost my data due to resizing only once, and it was NTFS. Thank god I have R-Studio.

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                • #9
                  I've resized partitions all the time whether they be FAT, NTFS, EXT3/4, swap, or HFS. I've personally never had corrupt data, even on a RAID0 setup. Generally, I make clones of the disks before I do it, just because there is a big risk.

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                  • #10
                    With the hundreds of resizes I've done over the years, I've never lost any data or ran into any issues whatsoever. I think one thing that might have contributed to my success with resizing is the fact that any time I resize a NTFS partition I make sure to do it right in Windows, this is what I was recommended to do on any Windows Vista or higher NTFS partition and I have had no reason not to keep doing it that way.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by MWisBest View Post
                      With the hundreds of resizes I've done over the years, I've never lost any data or ran into any issues whatsoever. I think one thing that might have contributed to my success with resizing is the fact that any time I resize a NTFS partition I make sure to do it right in Windows, this is what I was recommended to do on any Windows Vista or higher NTFS partition and I have had no reason not to keep doing it that way.
                      I've managed to resize (shrink) Windows partitions from linux without any problems, and I don't recall defragmenting either.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by schmidtbag View Post
                        I've managed to resize (shrink) Windows partitions from linux without any problems, and I don't recall defragmenting either.
                        The ntfsresize tool (which GParted uses) does the defragmenting & re-allocating before it resizes, if needed.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by bulletxt View Post
                          Software Raid mdadm is so common these days... gparted really needs to fully support mdadm raid !
                          Patches welcome!

                          Creating some simple types of software RAID from inside GParted should be possible, changing an existing one might be rather difficult (unless you can be 100% sure to understand all options/variations...).

                          BTW: if you can't program yourself, you can also help by describing how you think it should work (maybe make some mock-ups or such?) on the GParted forum.

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