Originally posted by Demonbane
You probably won't be able to make a swap partition using that blank free space, since you already have 3 primary + 1 extended partition. Not exactly sure why this problem occured, probably has something to do with how Windows XP disk manager updated the partition table, but if you're still able to access your files in your Linux partiton then everything should still be ok.
IMO I see nothing wrong with Windows taking over MBR, when you install an operating system, obviously you want to be able to use it, the installer does its best making sure that you can, whats wrong with that? Most operating systems aren't designed to co-exist with each other.
As you mentioned earlier, it would be impossible for me to utilise the 0.5GB free partition as a swap partition. I am willing to reinstall linux and repartition the fat32 partition, but will require the fat32 again for inter-OS data exchange. Constraint - can't touch the first 2 NTFS partitions.
Can I do the following:
1. Delete fat32 partition
2. Reinstall linux
- 1 ext3 partition
- 1 swap partition
- 1 fat32 partition
If linux is stubborn about working with more than 4 partitions in one HDD, then can I just leave the fat32 partition as free and use winxp to format it last?
Can you recommend the next course of action?