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Old 05-08-2005, 02:22 AM   #1
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partition issues


Hello,

When I look at Windows partition structure after
dual installing Linux on a separate hard disk, there
is always a small portion set aside as "free" partition
on the drive that has Windows only.

Why is this? And, can I safely delete it?

Thanks.
 
Old 05-08-2005, 09:04 AM   #2
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A free “partition” disk space that is not allocated to any partition.

You should be able to create a new partition there (or possibly grow an existing partition onto it using gnuparted or PartitionMagic), but you can't delete it per sé, because there's nothing there to delete.
 
Old 05-08-2005, 11:50 AM   #3
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Hi rjlee,

Thanks for your input.

Actually, I wanted to know the purpose of
this "new" free partition that was created
after the dual Linux installation.

When I just had Windows only, I did not
have this "free" partition at all. Besides,
this partition's size is only about 8MB.

What I meant by "safely deleting" this
partition was to ask if I could utilize this
partition by merging it to either the root
or swap partition if this is possible.

At any rate, I appreciate your feedback.

-pcandpc
 
Old 05-08-2005, 05:41 PM   #4
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There is no purpose in having free (unpartitioned) space on a hard disk.

It probably means that your installer decided on the best size to make everything, but then had to drop down the size of the Windows partition more than it wanted to and didn't bother to fill up the remaining space. This is a known bug with some older Linux installers.

Your best bet is to use it for something else.
 
Old 05-17-2005, 02:03 AM   #5
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Hi rjlee,

I see. Thanks.

Regards,
 
  


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