Firstly I am not sure whether this is the right place so sorry if it isn't.
My aim is to resize two of my partitions (/ and /home) which are both 30 GB each so that I can resize another one and install a few more distros.
Here is are my system specs:
AMD Athlon XP 2600
2x 256mb DDR PC3200
PC Chips M848a Motherboard
2 hard disks
Master: 4GB 5200RPM (/dev/hda) - 1 partition used for Windows ME, FAT32
Slave: 80GB 7200RPM (/dev/hdb) - 6 partitions: /boot ext3 94mb, linux swap 1024mb, /var (I think) ext3 5gb, /home ext3 30gb, /mnt/win_c2 (storage for odd files) fat32 (so I can share it with Windows) 10gb, / ext3 30gb
Windows ME and Mandrake Linux 10 (upgraded from 9.2)
What I am hoping to do is resize the /home to 10gb and / to 10gb, then maybe increase the size of /mnt/win_c2 but probably just install a few more distros in the free space.
SystemRescueCD seemed like the perfect choice to do this as it had all the tools I needed and I didn't have to install anything (I am fairly new to Linux so not having to install anything seemed good). So I downloaded 0.2.13 and burned it.
When I tried to resize the partition using QtParted the option was blanked out. I did a bit of searching and found this was because it does not support ext3 so I should convert the partitions to ext2 first.
So more searching and I did that.
tune2fs ^has_journal /dev/hdb7
I then ran QtParted again and the option was available, but when I tried to resize them I get an error message: "An error happen during ped_file_system_open call." More searching and I found I should try using GNU parted instead.
Running "parted /dev/hdb" gave me a warning:
Warning: Unable to align partition properly. This probably means that another partitioning tool generated an incorrect partition table, because it didn't have the correct BIOS geometry. It is safe to ignore, but may cause (fixable) problems with some boot loaders.
I chose to ignore it. I then typed "resize 7 6134.225 16000" but that gave me the following error:
No Implementation: This ext2 file system has a rather strange layout! Parted can't resize this (yet).
So that leaves me to where I am now. I have searched and searched but can't find an answer so thats why I chose to post here. I have converted the partitions back to ext3 so I can use my system.
Thanks for any suggestions,