I am not sure if I have understood completely:
Originally Posted by peteyperson
....around 70 GB.
/dev/sda1 36GB Win
That would be 74G of your 'around 70' gone. (80G disks were common for quite a while....is this 80 with some space lost in 'rounding errors'?)
This might be fine if /dev/sda2 was an 'extended' partition (a container type to hold other partitions) but otherwise would mean that you have no room (...or negative room) for anything else. If you check the start and stop block numbers they ought to go in this general arrangement:
P1 N1 N2
P2 N2+1 N3 .....EXTENDED PARTITION
P3 N2+1 N4 |
P5 N4+1 N5 | ....PARTTIONS WITHIN EXTENDED PARTITION
P6 N5+1 N3 |
(note the way that the block counts for the partitions within the extended partition fit within its space...in this example P3 needn't finish on block number N3, but finishing anywhere short of that is to waste space)
I also don't understand what has happened to sda3 and sda4 in your scheme.
Most people don't use an extended partition until they need to; I'm not sure that there is any particularly good reason for this, but it is more conventional to see three normal partitions followed by an extended partition which contains any remaining partitions.
I don't know this particular laptop, but a lot of the bigger name manufacturers have hidden partitions on which they put system management programs, copies of windows disks, drivers, etc. Are you sure that you aren't being confused by this kind of thing, meaning that your partitions aren't what they seem to be?
I'd also be tempted to increase the swap space somewhat...maybe double what you have, unless you have a lot of ram.