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Gparted Questions

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Is Gparted non-destructive?

I want to resize my OS drive, and create a new partition for another OS.

I have a 1TB drive which has Ubuntu 12.04 installed which is formatted as ext4. I want to create a partition on that drive for Windows formatted as NTFS.

Is this safe to do?

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Generally it's pretty safe. I've used it many times to dual boot OSes and the like and never had an issue. That being said, it's always good practice to create a backup.

It CAN be very destructive. Just watch what you're doing. It's pretty user-friendly for the most part, though. Just don't forget to hit APPLY when done.

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It depends on the operation. If you are merely resizing partitions then it shouldn't be destructive, but it is [b]always[/b] a good idea to keep a backup of any critical files you have prior to the operation. I have never had GParted fail and corrupt my data (other than when I foolishly canceled it in the middle of a resize operation), but I have made mistakes (where I told GParted to perform an operation other than what I intended). [b]Never risk your data.[/b]

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This is the guide I always used for noobs to it: http://www.tech-forums.net/forums/f128/gparted-usage-tutorial-224994/

It's as safe as using format on Windows, but has no thresholds, you can mess it up pretty badly

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Thanks guys.

Yea, I have used it many times before. I just wanted to make sure it's not destructive, without user error.

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