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Old 10-05-2008, 04:13 PM   #1
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help partitioning for a second linux distro


Hi All,
I thought I was beginning to understand partitions, but obviously still missing something.
This is what I have for partitions:
/dev/sda1 = XP (installed and operating)
/dev/sda2 = SWAP
/dev/sda3 = LinuxMint (installed and operating)
/dev/sda4 = /home
/dev/sdb5 = mounted and formatted to ext3

What I had hoped to do was to take 10 gig of the /home and make it a partition for another distro installation. I can boot from a live CD and open partition editor, and resize my /home, but am unable to use the unused space as I have 4 primary partitions already.

I don't know how to take my /home (40 gig) and make an extended partition so that I can have another primary available.

This is not my primary PC, so I can start over with the parititions if I have to. I really do not want to mess with the XP partition, as it is such a PITA to re-install it.

Anyone have time to set me straight here? I would like to be able to have XP and at least two Linux distros to boot to.

Thank You.
 
Old 10-05-2008, 04:20 PM   #2
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A drive can only have four primary partitions. If you want more partitions, you need to change one of the existing ones to an extended partition, not add an extended partition, as you're trying to do.
 
Old 10-05-2008, 04:52 PM   #3
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So I will need to completely delete one of my primary partitions in order to create an extended? When I select my 40 gig home partition, the only option available is to resize/move. I do not see a way of changing the larger primary to an extended.

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Old 10-05-2008, 04:57 PM   #4
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Old 10-05-2008, 04:57 PM   #5
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I'm not sure whether you can change an existing partition's type, although I've never had the need to do so. If there isn't an option to do so in the program you're using, you may have to delete a partition.
 
Old 10-05-2008, 07:00 PM   #6
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You can resize your /home partition to get the space you want. Delete the swap partition to give yourself another primary and create the new extended partition with a logical partition in it for your new distro and for swap partition. Not exactly the best setup but, based on your current situation, not much else to do without deleting the Linux Mint and re-installing with a new partition setup.
 
Old 10-05-2008, 09:27 PM   #7
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OK. I deleted my /home, as I didn't have anything on it yet, then created an extended, and was good to go. Then tried to install Slackware and couldn't boot to anything except XP. Screwed something up. Deleted and reformatted everything (except XP), and now loading Ubuntu. At least with Ubuntu I know I can get up and running with Linux again.

Thanks for the help.
 
  


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