Shrinking an ext3 partition


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By default, the secondary hard disk on our dedicated server is mounted as /backup but we don't need it to be 250GB since we have our backups at a remote location. We don't want to get rid of it completely either but rather re-partition /dev/sdb. I've tried googling "shrink ext3" but it seems like there's more than one way to do it so I thought I'd rather ask before potentially getting myself into trouble.

Could someone please point me to a resource explaining the procedure to do it? What about hxxp://

By the way, we were thinking of using /dev/sdb* for MySQL since it causes IO bottlenecks, and also probably to archive rarely used files.

Thanks in advance!

Edit: this is a question and thus doesn't belong in howtos, sorry