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Old 12-06-2005, 10:19 PM   #1
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Partitioning to FAT32 in SuSe


Heres my situation,
I have been using XP for a while now with a 250GB HD. I had 40GB for C and about 190-something for D (which is where I kept all my data). Recently I have re-installed SuSe on my computer and have a dual-boot going. When I setup SuSe I gave it 50GB from the D drive. So now I've got about 70GB of free space floating around.
I want to use this space as a swap drive between SuSe and Windows.

Heres my problem,
I cant figure out how to format that chunk of space to FAT32. Windows can see it with the Disk Management tool but my only option is NTFS. I try to use the YaST Partition tool but it doesnt even see that chunk of space.
So I checked some forums and heard about QTParted, but apparently I can't get it for SuSe. So I tried cfdisk and when I type the command 'cfdisk hda' I get this error: 56;24HFATAL ERROR: Cannot open disk drive57;28HPress any key to exit fdisk

So now I'm kind of lost. I've searched on Google and in forums and I have a lot of usefull information about formatting your whole harddrive and repartitioning the whole thing, but nothing that really suits my needs.

Any help would be appreciated.
 
Old 12-06-2005, 10:31 PM   #2
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Windows XP is limited to creating and formating a FAT32 parition up to 32GB.
Have you created a partition from this free space?
You can use either fdisk, cfdisk or qtparted to create the partition.
The correct syntax is:
cfdisk /dev/hda

To format it use:
mkdosfs -F 32 /dev/hdax (Where x is the partition number)
 
Old 12-06-2005, 10:37 PM   #3
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Well it actually gives me that error no matter what I put in there.

But how would I know the partition number if I cant see it in Linux?
 
Old 12-06-2005, 10:52 PM   #4
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Look at the output of the command
fdisk -l (that is a small L and you have to be root)

It will show you all drives and how they are partitioned. Your drive may not be device hda.
 
  


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