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Old 03-10-2004, 05:13 PM   #1
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Partitions problem


Ok first of all hello to everyone since this is my frist post
Now, the problem Im facing is that after booting from CD to install Slackware (I know its not recomended for newbies but I felt it was the one for me after reading the revies here and there) I run Fdisk to make my partitions wich are this way now
25GB NTFS Windows Wp >> primary partition
40GB NTFS My Main partition where I store everything >>> Logical partition
11GB FAT32, this partition is empty and its where I want to install linux >>> Logical partition

Usign Fdisk I delete the 11GB partition /dev/hda6, then I create a new partition "n", but whn it gives me option to chose the first and last cylinder it gaves me 9728-9729 I press enter and it creates the partition but only a few MB big Since this partition is empty I was about to delete it, write the table to the disk, and then boot and create the partition since it may be the problem why it didnt recognize the hole free space. But (thanx god maybe) I decided to try from XP first, and when I wanted to delte the 11GB partition, it automatically remarks both partitions (40GB and 11GB) and says all the data on the volume will be lost, and also marks the 40GB partition (alone).

any Idea why this happens? if I delte the 11GB partition from fdisk will XP be able read the other 40GB partition? or they are related somehow?
Thanx in advance

PS: theres no chance to back up the data on the drives
ps2: I created the partitions from Window XP installation menu
 
Old 03-10-2004, 06:03 PM   #2
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This 11GB partition /dev/hda6 is a logical partition.
When creating the new one (from fdisk) did you choose to make it an extended partition?
This 11GB all lie within the extended partition (most likely /dev/hda4) so you can only make an extended partition.
If you try to make a primary partition it will probably find a few megabyte somewhere before this extended to allocate.
 
Old 03-10-2004, 08:21 PM   #3
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yeap I found that after posting, I mean, theres an extended partition that hold both logical partitions, the 40GB and the 11GB one.
Now the question is if I choose to make an extended partition I would be able to boot fomr it too? does that affect my linux installation someway? I ask that cos this is my first time installing linux and in all the guides and Hows to I read everytime they say make a primary partition to install root and then some logical ones for usr/ home /opt and so on.... thanx for you reply
 
Old 03-11-2004, 03:33 AM   #4
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There should be no problem booting from it.
Only thing that may give you trouble is if your BIOS is old. In that case your partition containing the /boot folder might need to be within the first 1024 cylinders of your drive. That is the first 8 GB.
 
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The latest versions of the linux bootloaders do not have a 1024 cylinder limit anymore. Both the 40GB partition and the 11GB partition are logical drives.

If you just delete the 11GB paritition this will not effect the 40GB partition unless you delete the extended partition.

Once you delete the 11GB partition then all you will have is the 40GB partition because the 11 will now become unallocated. This is fine since most installers create more then one linux partition.

I'm guessing that when you tried to create a new partition you selected a primary and not a logical and there was only 1 cylinder that is unallocated. A logical partition resides in an extended partition.

BTW when changing the partition table there is always a chance of losing data wether by the software or the user selecting the wrong option. You should always backup critical data you do not want to lose.
 
Old 03-12-2004, 02:12 AM   #6
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Ok thanx for your advice, now Im gonna try to resize the ext. partition with Partition Magic and see if I can get a primary partition for linux, if not I will give it a try installing Slackware 9.1 in the logical partitions
 
  


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