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Old 09-08-2006, 03:15 PM   #1
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hi guys,... i have dual boot, win xp and FC4, now this is what my hard drive looks like.... 3 partitions for windows of 10 gb each(2 are NTFS and one is FAT32) and one 8 gb partition for linux.... now i want to get rid of windows completly and have the whole 38 gb for my linux.... what do you suggest i do....
 
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Old 09-08-2006, 10:21 PM   #3
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Re: Re-use space

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hi guys,... i have dual boot, win xp and FC4, now this is what my hard drive looks like.... 3 partitions for windows of 10 gb each(2 are NTFS and one is FAT32) and one 8 gb partition for linux.... now i want to get rid of windows completly and have the whole 38 gb for my linux.... what do you suggest i do....
Hmm, not so easy.

If the Windows partions are behind the Linux partitions then just delete them and use gparted to expand the Linux partions.

If the Windows partition at the front ... if so then it is not so easy (something I ran into). In this case I deleted the Windows partions ... created new Linux partions and copied all the data across ... make modifications to the grub config and fstab files ... made sure I could bootup into the new partions ... then when I was satisfied I deleted the old Linux partions ...then I used gparted to resize the partions.
 
Old 09-09-2006, 06:42 AM   #4
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@ Tinkster.... you may do whatever pleases you.... i am a newb... and i am ready to learn stuff from ppl like you, so i respect what ever you do....
@dxqcanada.... thanxs a lot dude for your prompt reply... i am gonna try whatever you said.... but i hate the difficult part you described.... this is how my hard disk used to look C: windows xp, D:,E:,F:..... and now C:WinXP, D: Linux, E:,F both are NTFS).... now what i undersood from your reply is to delete E and F and expand Linux space using gparted. but for the C:, i will have to do all the difficult stuff... right... and also i was thinking if i can save some of the stuff i have in the NTFS partitions, like some songs, movies, some documents.... is it possible to import them into the linux partitions if yes .... how???
 
Old 09-09-2006, 11:02 AM   #5
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...save some of the stuff i have in the NTFS partitions, like some songs, movies, some documents.... is it possible to import them into the linux partitions if yes .... how???
It is absolutely possible to import music, movie, and document files to Linux partitions. One easy way would be to burn them to CD (DVD for the movies if they are large) and copy them back once you've finished messing around with your partitions. The only restrictions are for a few proprietary file types (Microsoft prefers Windows media to only work with Windows), but you may be able to Google for and download codecs that will allow you to decode these file types as well. If you use common file types such as .mp3 for music, .jpg for pictures, .doc for documents, and .mpeg for movies, you can easily find Linux programs that work with them.

However, if I were you, I'd back up every file I wanted to keep from both the Windows side and the Linux side. Then I would zero fill the entire hard drive to destroy every partition, file, program, operating system--the works. (Zero-filling is also known as low level formatting.) If you don't have a zero fill program, download DBAN (Darik's Boot And Nuke--Google it). Once you have zero-filled your hard drive, it is like having a brand new hard drive--it's completely blank. With a blank drive, it is much easier to reinstall Linux and you won't have to deal with the complexities of moving or resizing partitions. After you have reinstalled Linux, you can restore your music, movies, and documents from the backup you made.
 
Old 09-09-2006, 12:17 PM   #6
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thats what i decide as well..........anyways thanxs for your comments.....i appreciate your help buddy!!!
 
  


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