[CentOS] confidence in partitioning tool (6.2)

Thu Feb 2 13:11:08 UTC 2012
Larry Martell <larry.martell at gmail.com>

On Tue, Jan 31, 2012 at 7:21 AM, Larry Martell <larry.martell at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Tue, Jan 31, 2012 at 7:11 AM, Marko Vojinovic <vvmarko at gmail.com> wrote:
>> On Tuesday 31 January 2012 05:34:21 Larry Martell wrote:
>>> On Mon, Jan 30, 2012 at 10:15 PM, Arun Khan <knura9 at gmail.com> wrote:
>>> > On Mon, Jan 30, 2012 at 9:57 PM, Ken godee <ken at perfect-image.com> wrote:
>>> >> Maybe a little different answer than you're looking for....
>>> >>
>>> >> But why not install VMware Workstation (free)?
>>> >
>>> > The OP does not have admin rights to the Windows OS.  I presume he
>>> > would need it to install any piece of software (I use Virtual Box).
>>> I can't even defrag the disk without admin rights :-(
>>> I'm going to make one more push to get admin, and if not, just go
>>> ahead and install CentOS and see what happens.
>> Beware that resizing a Windows partition which has not been defrag'ed is a Bad
>> Idea, and works only if you are lucky enough that Windows didn't use the end-
>> portion of the partition. Maybe it will work on a freshly installed and not-
>> ever-seriously-used Windows, but it's a gamble.
> I've found that there is an automated defrag scheduled for 1:45am on
> Wednesdays. I probably won't be up then, but perhaps nothing will move
> around between then and the morning.
>> If it doesn't work, you're looking at data loss and corruption of the ntfs
>> partition (fixing of the latter may require you to have admin privileges...).
>> If your Windows admin doesn't want to provide you with the privileges, why
>> don't you ask him to resize the partition for you?
> Yeah, I'm in a remote location (at home) and it's a huge company with
> centralized admin services and I'm working for a small division, but
> perhaps I can get them to remote in and do it. They're just not very
> responsive, so it's a slow process.

I was able to get temporary admin rights, and then I successfully
installed CentOS and can also boot into Windows. Thanks everyone for
all the info and advise. On to bigger and better things!