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Old 12-17-2005, 03:13 AM   #1
mahasiddha
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Smile Reclaim disk space used by Windows


I just installed SuSE 10.0
I would like to take Windows out and just use Linux
How can I do that?
Heres my disk info

linux:~ # df -k |more
Filesystem 1K-blocks Used Available Use% Mounted on
/dev/hda3 8530228 8520880 9348 100% /
tmpfs 257888 0 257888 0% /dev/shm
/dev/hda1 30701232 12026384 18674848 40% /windows/C
 
Old 12-17-2005, 03:22 AM   #2
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Hi,

I don't know your Linux experience, so I'd suggest downloading a tool like GParted (or, alternatively, downloading a Live CD like Mutagenix which brings it). From there it is much more simple to manage partitions.


-jk

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Old 12-17-2005, 04:18 AM   #3
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Hi
My linux partition is totally out of space so I have problem even downloading the tool you suggested
Is there an easy way I can just delete and reclaim the diskspace that is now occupied by the Window partition. If you can give me a pointer to the doc that will be great
I just want my 30G+ disk space back and I dont mind if everything in the Window parition get deleted
 
Old 12-17-2005, 05:01 AM   #4
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Well, I'm not sure how to merge partitions via the CLI (I've forgotten how to, but there is probably an 'fdisk' parameter for it). So, you could either go for the option of downloading the Live CD and running GParted off there, or you can always just format the Windows partition and use it for file storage (but not actually merging it with your existing one). The latter is simple:
1) Run 'fdisk' and delete the partition (hda1).
2) Run 'mkfs -t ext3 /dev/hda1' to format it as ext3.
Presto!

Use Google Linux to help you, but I also found an article here.

-jk
 
Old 12-17-2005, 07:25 AM   #5
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The sollution provided by J_K9 has the additional advantage that nothing will change in your system - no need to reinstall/change grub, alter fstab, etc.
 
Old 10-11-2009, 08:50 AM   #6
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Smile Reclaim linux partition in windows xp

Insert Windows XP installation CD in CD Drive. Reboot system. Press Del and enter Set up. In BIOS change 1st boot priority to boot from CD. Reboot the system. System attempts to install Windows XP. Screen showing used space and unrecognized space (where linux is loaded) arrives. Delete the Linux partition. Install Windows XP in the newly deleted partition. XP formats the new partition for installation. Once the formatting is done, press the reset button in the CPU. While rebooting once again go to Set Up by pressing Del. Reset the boot priority in BIOS to boot from hard disk. Save and quit. Let Windows XP come up and you would see the space lost in Linux has been reclaimed as the new logical drive in explorer.
 
Old 10-11-2009, 09:42 AM   #7
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Insert Windows XP installation CD in CD Drive. Reboot system. Press Del and enter Set up. In BIOS change 1st boot priority to boot from CD. Reboot the system. System attempts to install Windows XP. Screen showing used space and unrecognized space (where linux is loaded) arrives. Delete the Linux partition. Install Windows XP in the newly deleted partition. XP formats the new partition for installation. Once the formatting is done, press the reset button in the CPU. While rebooting once again go to Set Up by pressing Del. Reset the boot priority in BIOS to boot from hard disk. Save and quit. Let Windows XP come up and you would see the space lost in Linux has been reclaimed as the new logical drive in explorer.
First throw away your Windows XP disk! Just kidding

I would just do a new install... I know it would take time to reconfigure your setup ,but the real purpose is to get more experience using Linux distro's .

By no means is Suse the best linux distro.... Its a good place to start learning about Linux. Its a bit more user friendly then some other distro's. Even I can admit my wireless card worked right out the box. The only disadvantage may be that your internet connection may not work right from the start. If your internet connection fails go with one of the other set ups above...

Either way you go with making Suse apart of your life... You will jump boat at some point... I personally don't like the lizard. I figured Novell would have came up with there own logo at this point and said good bye to the Lizard....


Well good luck...
 
Old 10-11-2009, 09:58 AM   #8
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Hi
My linux partition is totally out of space so I have problem even downloading the tool you suggested
Is there an easy way I can just delete and reclaim the diskspace that is now occupied by the Window partition. If you can give me a pointer to the doc that will be great
I just want my 30G+ disk space back and I dont mind if everything in the Window parition get deleted
Please post the output of
Code:
fdisk -l /dev/sda
That's a letter l, not a number 1.
 
Old 10-11-2009, 10:40 AM   #9
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I would use Gparted to resize/del/format the win partition.

btw, I just realized this is...another zombie thread...
 
  


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