I’m restoring my laptop back to its orginal state with a new hard drive — hopefully it’ll speed the thing up. I like to dual boot into Xubuntu on it, but the restore disk just creates one giant partition filling the whole disk.
I tried GParted a while ago and it wouldn’t even recognize my hard drive. So I was a little weary of trying it again. I downloaded and burned the Live CD (0.4.3-2). I was pleasntly surprised at how fast the Live CD booted and started running GParted right away. I let me graphically resize the partition and it was done in 20 seconds.
A little note, next time you boot Windows, it’ll want to run checkdisk . I think this is because it recognizes that the partition size has changed and it freaks out. Just let it run and it’ll be fine.