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  1. Thanks Andavari. Good advice.
  2. Any recommendations for cheap and reliable 1TB ext HDD's ?
  3. Hi, thanks for your replies and my apologies for not getting back to you sooner. The USB external drive is an NTFS formatted Buffalo HD-PCU2 500 GB. (Although the "Properties" tab for some reason says the capacity is only 465 GB). So, (in theory) I have about 65 GB of free space which I would like to format as Ext4 and use as a Linux partition. However, I cannot shrink the drive and partition it as these NTFS system files are sitting in two blocks at the end of the drive. I should have also explained that my Windows OS is Vista SP2 (Home Premium). I'm intending to install Linux Mint as a dual boot in another partition on the C: drive. The easiest thing, as has been said, would be to move the existing files and re-format and partition the drive. But I don't have another 500 GB drive available. Yes, I know I really should invest in more storage, but money's a bit tight at the moment. Some time ago I did have the free version of PerfectDisk which probably would have moved these files. My trial expired and I don't want to pay for the full version. I think I'm resigned to the fact that I will just have to find the cash for another HDD !
  4. I want to shrink the drive and create another partition on my external USB HDD but there are some system files sitting on the end there which won't move. And I can't (and probably don't want to) delete them. These are $UsnJrnl:$J / $Secure:$SII / $ObjId:$O files. Defraggler won't move them with a Boot Time Defrag. Does anyone know how I can move them? Thanks.
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