Hi, I am new to Linux and need some help.
I have installed RH9.0 on an 80GB HDD. I currently have WinXP on the first Partition, BUT I have an unallocated portion of the HDD that I am unable to allocate to Fat32 or vFat.
If you were looking at Grub this is what it would like at the present time, keep in mind the drive sequence may be different than noted here. BOOT/SWAP would be bound to partition1 boot table.
This is the working verion as I type this post out. BUT I am confused with the unallocated space. What can I do?
hd1 - Fat32 - 40006MB - Sector/Sector
hd2 - Free Space - 36311MB - Sector/Sector
hd3 - Boot - 102MB - Sector/Sector
hd4 - Swap - 1537MB - Sector/Sector
hd5 - Root - 9005MB - Sector/Sector
The italicizes is what I have concerns with. It is available BUT unable to allocate it under admin tools in XP or FDISK using floppy or boot-able XP disk.
Anything below here does not work...
What I would like to accomplish is to get this FREE space allocated to FAT32 so that I can share files between XP/Linux. I have tried several options as create three partitions one specifically for Linux.
+Partition1 - 40006MB
+Partition2 - 36311MB
+Unallocated - 10645MB
+Free Space - 8MB (Stupid MS)
+Reboot into GRUB
+Allocate the 10645MB of space to Linux.
Now that I have specified the ROOT partition the partition table goes wacky on me. After I edit the available space on the HDD, I get and error stating, "the partition table on the bios is corrupt if you to choose ignore it may ruin my partition BUT it may be fixable". Sooo I choose ignore. NOW after selecting Ignore GRUB gives me this and adds the root, initially specified for 9005MB, to <1!
+Free Space - <1MB - Sector/Sector
+hd1 - Fat32 - 40006MB - Sector/Sector
+Freespace - 1MB - Sector/Sector
+Freespace - 36311MB - Sector/Sector
+hd3 - Boot - 102MB - Sector/Sector
+hd4 - Swap - 1537MB - Sector/Sector
+hd5 - Root - <1 - Sector/Sector
+Freespace - 9005MB - Sector/Sector (ROOT should have been allocated here!)
+Freespace - <2 - Sector/Sector
Ok?!.... I delete the ROOT again and specify it to partition on the Freespace for 9005MB... again it defaults back to <1.
I have tried partitioning with several possibilities Floppy WIN98 Fdisk, Western Digital HDD Fdisk/Partitioning Utilities and XP Fdisk..
So now I am stuck with 36311MB of Unallocated FREE space I am unable to format or allocate to the system. BUT everything is running fine. GRUB boot loader works well and both systems are in working order.
How can i get this unallocated FREE space to become available OR how can I install RH9.0 on my HDD with 3+partitions without getting these allocations of <1MB. ROOT always defaults to <1 from what I have experienced I see no way out.