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Old 04-03-2004, 09:52 AM   #1
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Lost partition with SUSe 9.0 Install


Before the SUSU 9.0 Install I had 2 hard drives with one partition each:
HD1 -- 20 Gig -- Boot Disk -- Windows XP (>5 Gig Free space)
HD2 -- 10 Gig -- Non Boot -- Data (~2-3 Gig Free)

I loaded SUSE and it must have auto-partitioned HD2 (I don't remember being asked any partitioning questions).

Everything loaded ok and I am able to dual boot XP and Linux but I can't get at the 7-8 gig of hard HD2. It looks like Linux loaded on the free 2-3 Gig on HD2, but again it doesn't list any other partitons for HD2. Here is a printout of fdisk for /dev/had and /dev/hdb...

linux:~ # fdisk /dev/hda

The number of cylinders for this disk is set to 2482.
There is nothing wrong with that, but this is larger than 1024,
and could in certain setups cause problems with:
1) software that runs at boot time (e.g., old versions of LILO)
2) booting and partitioning software from other OSs
(e.g., DOS FDISK, OS/2 FDISK)

Command (m for help): p

Disk /dev/hda: 20.4 GB, 20416757760 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 2482 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes

Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/hda1 * 1 2481 19928601 7 HPFS/NTFS



linux:~ # fdisk /dev/hdb

The number of cylinders for this disk is set to 1216.
There is nothing wrong with that, but this is larger than 1024,
and could in certain setups cause problems with:
1) software that runs at boot time (e.g., old versions of LILO)
2) booting and partitioning software from other OSs
(e.g., DOS FDISK, OS/2 FDISK)

Command (m for help): p

Disk /dev/hdb: 10.0 GB, 10005037056 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 1216 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes

Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/hdb1 1 48 385528+ 82 Linux swap
/dev/hdb2 * 49 256 1670760 83 Linux

Command (m for help):
 
Old 04-03-2004, 10:10 AM   #2
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It looks like hdb is all Linux, and there is nothing else there.
 
Old 04-03-2004, 01:27 PM   #3
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I have never used SuSE, but I would imagine it's a lot like Mandrake. In Mandrake there is a gui partitioning tool, which allows you to resize partitions. Since it's cylinders 256-1216 that are not used, you can resize hdb2 (which ends at 256) to take in the rest of the drive space. I've created partition tables with fdisk during my gentoo installation, but I've never resized existing partitions with it, and I'm not too sure how to do it. Since I don't have fdisk on my current system, try looking at the help option (m). The option for creating a new partition is n, but there must a resize option, too.
 
  


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