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Old 05-25-2009, 03:25 PM   #1
Paul Griesbaum
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create new partition using gparted


Well, first of all let me say I'm doing this because I can't get the system backup utility in Mandriva 2009 to work. I've tried using my windows drive as the destination of my backup, but that doesn't work so I thought I'd give creating a new partition a shot.

When I select Gparted from applications/system tools/gparted, I get the following error message. Root privleges are required for running gparted. Since GParted is a powerful tool capable of destroying partition tables and vast amounts of data, only root may run it. I usually get a box to enter my password for things that require root, but not with this. So to begin with, how do I get gparted to run? Or should I created a gparted cd to boot from.

I know that I'm going to have a lot of questions once I get gparted to run, but here are a few: Should I create a windows partition for my backup? Should I just resize the existing drive that I have Mandriva installed on?
 
Old 05-25-2009, 03:28 PM   #2
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Code:
sudo gparted
As for partitions, go with what feels right for you; decide what makes sense based upon your own specific needs
 
Old 05-25-2009, 03:54 PM   #3
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gparted

ive allways used gparted from a live linux disk.i dont believe a machine can hack itself up and still be able to tell itself what to do.as for the rest someone smarter will come along i hope.

peace
 
Old 05-25-2009, 03:54 PM   #4
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In order to get gparted to run I had to open a terminal and then type su with my password. Once I was root, I typed gparted and it loaded. Now that I have it opened, do I have to unmount the drive I want to partition? By unmounting it, will this create problems?
 
Old 05-25-2009, 04:00 PM   #5
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You need it unmounted. You can unmount it with gparted and nothing untoward happens (I've just tested it) to change the disk, seems to be pretty happy with that.

@ell02: What do you mean, 'hack itself up'?
 
  


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