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Old 12-03-2001, 10:58 AM   #1
Chukky
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Need to make linux partition bigger


If I enlarge my partition with Partition Magic, will Linux accept it, or must I tell Linux about the bigger partition somehow?

Or is there another way to do this, without using Partition Magic?

Also, is it possible to mount another hard drive on the root mount, so that linux can use this, in other words, to use two hardrives and one partition?

I hope this post makes sense.

Thanx
 
Old 12-03-2001, 11:07 AM   #2
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As far as using 2 harddrives but mounting as 1 partition is concerned, then yes and no. If you're currently running a system using only ext2 then no. If, however, both the harddisks are formatted with 'Linux Software Raid' filesystem (I'm not actually sure what this is - is it ext2 with some raid type extensions?) then presumably yes. If you try and mount a second harddisk (with bog-standard ext2) in the same place as the first then all that will happen is that you will see only the files on the second harddisk. Never tried the 'Linux Software Raid', and I'm not even sure if it's easily accessible to RH users (i.e. on install), but it's available at install-time to Mandy users. This, by the way, is not to be confused with ext3.
 
Old 12-03-2001, 02:35 PM   #3
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Using Partition Magic

Hi, I use Partition Magic 7.0 all the time and it works great with the following caveat - the partitions MUST be normal Ext2.If you choose to format them as reiserfs (a journalling filesystem) then you will no longer be able to resize them - only delete them.
I personally found PM to be a godsend and a very good,stable product.
As for your other question I'm not sure it can be done and can't think of any circumstances where I would want a partition to straddle two disks - mind you my computing needs are simple so maybe I just haven't encountered a reason why I should yet.
 
Old 12-03-2001, 03:37 PM   #4
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Thanx,

I have Partition Magic 6.0. I take it that PM will tell me if it uses the journaling filesystem (I do not know it) - and not mess things up?

Also, If I do resize the partition, will Linux automatically adapt to it, or do I need to setup something in order for Linux to accept the change in size?

Thanx in advance ...
 
Old 12-03-2001, 05:41 PM   #5
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Talking Don't sweat it.

Ok Chukky you will be alright if you just use PM to resize as you don't know what the reiserfs is then you will have normal Ext2 partitions on your drive as you have to select this in Mandrake 8.0 and PM can cope with those.Yes, linux will recognise the partition changes automatically so you can just do it and use the system as normal.
Be warned that if you upgrade to Mandrake 8.1 it uses reiserfs as default.
 
  


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