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I have some free space in my Hard disk and i want to create it as a NTFS partition to able to detect in my Windows XP . I am completely new to Linux/Ubuntu .

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Open your terminal and type this

sudo apt-get install gparted

then click at unity dash and type as gparted . it will gives you gparted application icon , click it to open . it will prompt for your root password nothing but login password(if you are singe user ) .

it will display you all the partitions and empty space of your HDD . Now right click at the unallocated/empty space . among the options click at NEW . then it will open the window . give the required size and type of the partition .

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@izx thanks for the edit . –  raaz Aug 15 '12 at 17:46
    
No problem, keep up the great answers! :) –  izx Aug 15 '12 at 17:47
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control panel, admin tools, then computer management. Storage, disk management option. You can shrink \ partition as you would like. in ubuntu you could use disk utility or fdisk to do this

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This is the Windows-related method. Could you provide a Ubuntu-related one? –  hexafraction Aug 15 '12 at 16:21
    
There is also the option of using Disk Utility instead of using Gparted even though the latter is most powerful. –  To Do Aug 15 '12 at 17:46
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