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Well I thought I did not need a DOS partition, but it looks like it would be a good thing after all. Laptop is RedHat 7.3 and has lots of work on it in installation. I
don't want to re-install (although that would solve the problem)
Here is my setup
I want to take 10mb from /dev/hda2 and create a /dev/hda4 for DOS.
I have a desktop machine with plenty of room for /dev/hda on it and they are networked with Ethernet. Or is there a way to shrink/split the /dev/hda2 without
Normally I would not ask for a "please just tell me step by step how to do this" but I want to be really careful with the laptop as it took me a long time to get it "just so" I have done some reading but I don't want to just launch into it myself.
I suppose my first step would be to get NSF working, I have not been able to get that yet.
RH 7.3 is damn old - may or may not have the resize tools you need.
What filesystem is the partition you want to resize ???.
Regardless, you *must* backup the data before contemplating screwing around with partitions.
Which "DOS" do you want to install - e.g. if it's Win95, you'll have to move everything.
'/' is the mountpoint, we need the filesystem type - enter the following command, and post the output here: "df -hT" (that's an upper case T).
Different filesystem types require different resizing tool(s).
For that amount of room, it might be easiest to steal from the swap partition.
I'm not 100% sure, but those DOS levels should only require a primary partition - no other special requirements unless your BIOS doesn't have the INT13 extensions (the infamous cylinder 1024 problem).
Man, I can't believe some of those numbers - try editting an image and see what happens...
I'd still suggest mangling the swap partition. If you logon straight to X, go back to single user mode - open a terminal, and enter "init 1".
After that "swapoff /dev/hda3" - then you can use fdisk to delete the partition, allocate it smaller, and create the DOS partition.
Use "mkswap /dev/hda3" and "swapon /dev/hda3" to make sure it works o.k., and reboot. Should be good to go.
The only question... If I make my DOS partition /dev/hda4 out of the swap space that will put it way out at the end of the drive... will that be ok for Lilo?
I have been thinking... If I did re-install (ooh hatefull thought) I could not install all of KDE and GNOME and just use fluxbox, Installing just enough of kde for the kde programs I love- kde office, kshiesen, kpat just enogh gnome for gnomegames (wish I could get small stand-alone spreadsheet, I would use amiword, is there a small stand-alone solitair card game. anyway I would still want kshiesen. bleah.
I will try the cut swap in half route first though.