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I have a dual-boot with Mint and Win 7 on a 300 gig hd.
86 MB OEM Part/14.65 GB Recovery Part/157.75 OS( C: ) Part - Win 7 related
18.63 GB Logical Part/55.88 GB Primary Part/9.31 GB Swap Part - Linux Related
Leaving 41.77 GB of unallocated space --it was me 2nd time installing a Linux OS and my first time w/o assistance so I was cautious with the drive space allocation in case there was a mysterious forth "U suk Noob" partition after the swap size was chosen or in the eventuality that win and linux had problems accessing each others files I could make an intermediary drive for file transfer between the OS'.
On to the question: How do I SAFELY merge the unallocated space so I can access files from the Linux or Windows sides?
Minor question: I kinda know the answer to this already but I figure expert advice wouldn't hurt... I was thinking of throwing Win 7 starter into a vbox from the Mint side to run games like RO or NWN2 because game makers usually don't support Linux well but I am fairly certain that the division of system resources when using a vbox would ruin the game play. I knew a mod for e/rathena who got me into Linux and even he couldn't get ro to work with WINE so I am not going to try. So is a vbox a bad idea for gaming in Linux? Z/Z
Last edited by LinuxNoobX; 01-24-2012 at 01:56 AM.
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How do I SAFELY merge the unallocated space so I can access files from the Linux or Windows sides?
That's actually two separate questions. Unallocated space means it's not part of a partition having a file system. You can grow an adjacent partition or create a new one. Accessing NTFS from Linux requires just ntfs-3g, accessing ext[2|3] from Mcrsft products requires just a OSS application that reads ext2 or ext3.
So I have to do a reinstall in order to effectively utilize the 41.77 GB of unallocated space because atm the unallocated space is adjacent to the swap part and not the primary Linux or Windows parts.
I haven't made many modifications to Linux yet so that isn't an issue but deleting Windows is primarily because it takes so bloody long to configure that OS to run smoothly (takes me a month or so to hunt down all the tweaks to make it run the way I want it to).
The last time I formatted the Linux parts and tried to boot into windows again GRUB sed "Screw you butterfly...no Linux no access"... that is it sent me into a grub rescue prompt I could not escape from and I had to sac all my files and reinstall windows so I could reinstall Linux again (because I formatted a linux part by accident)
The point is if I need to reinstall Linux I need to know how to reinstate the mbr for Win7 so that I can install Linux. Z/Z
I concur with unSpawn : the safest way is to create a new partition for the unused space. Grab a Linux LiveCD ( any flavour long as it has Gparted on it ), boot with it, and run Gparted. It will also help you "grow" or reconfigure your drive.
as to the second question, it really depends on what kind of hardware you are running on.....faster system faster Vbox faster games, though I find it is just easier to have a separate box or dual boot for Windows stuff. WOW or RO depends heavily on network speed, which can be a bottleneck with virtual systems.
Last edited by ceyx; 01-24-2012 at 02:54 AM.
I have used parted magic in the past to fix problems... but in this situation the instant I screw with the linux primary part grub is going to become very displeased and force me to reinstall windows in order to configure the partitions properly so that I can install linux again. Z/Z
boot with live cd > gparted > delete swap > grow primary to the RIGHT, ( ie don't change the START of the primary partition ) and then recreate your swap to the right of your new grown primary. Grub et al will bitch if the start of the partition is not where it is supposed to be, doesn't care about the end too much.
If you don't want to do that, why not just have a 40 GB separate partition for backups or whatever ? Far easier and safer too.
I think most hopeless romantics have probably been to Ulalume (assuming you are referring to the poem by Poe?)... but my Evermore is the one in Zeppelin's 4th "Battle of Evermore" (total rip-off or tribute to LotR depending on how you look at it). Z/Z
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