OneManArmy: To answer your first question, PartitionMagic 8 will not damage your linux partition. There is also a linux utility called parted that I have never used, but is supposed to function similar to PM. If you use PM, here are some suggestions:
1. Before starting, purge the trash can and defragment the Win2K partition. If you have a disk packing utility (e.g., Norton Speed Disk), then pack the disk using it. Defragmentation maximizes the amount of contiguous free space that PM has to work with during the resizing.
2. Check the Win2K partition for errors. PM will not modify a filesystem if it detects errors in it.
3. Run PM by booting from the PM installation disk, not from windows. When windows-based PM needs to modify a windows-type partition, it boots into a form of dos to do the work. Sometimes, it fails to complete and will leave all of the partitions “hidden”, until you rerun PM from the CD (or floppies) and reset one partition as “active”. This problem doesn't happen if you run PM by booting from the PM installation/recovery disk. There are no problems modifying ext3 partitions from windows.
4. Only ask PM to “apply” one task at a time. Sometimes, it will run into problems “applying” a series of partition moves and resizes. It doesn’t do any damage, but it can waste your time.
5. If you change the order of the partitions or create logical partitions, linux may not boot, because the boot loader may be pointing to the wrong partition. If you are using GRUB, this can be fixed by using a GRUB command line boot disk. Also, remember that GRUB counts drives and partitions by starting at zero (i.e., grub (hd0,0) = first partition on the first drive).
6. If you move the swap partition, be sure to modify the /etc/fstab entry for the swap partition to point to the correct partition number.
7. Making the swap and all linux partitions into logical partitions is a great idea, but keep items #5 and #6 in mind if you to do it. The first time I converted primary swap and primary ext3 partitions to logical partitions, it took me a while to figure out what was wrong.
8. A program call BootMagic comes with PM. It works very nicely in directing the dual/multi boot process and is fairly easy to fix when something goes wrong (e.g., like when you reload windows and it rewrites the master boot record).
Last edited by WhatsHisName; 04-27-2004 at 11:58 AM.