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Old 01-05-2004, 09:10 AM   #1
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Need to lossless split 20g Win98 hd and fips will not work


I'm trying to split a 20g harddrive currently with one 20g win98 partition. I want to split it into half without losing my windows data. Currently windows and it's junk uses about 5g, so space isn't really an issue. I ran scandisk and defrag. I have a windows boot floppy with fips, restorerb, and errors.txt on it. I boot from the disk and run fips. Fips recognizes my drive and tells me it contains the correct disk space etc. When trying to split the drive it says I can't because fips can't split the type of partition. I think it said I had a 44h partition, maybe it was h44? Shouldn't just be a fat32 partition? It said I need a 4 or 6 type partition? Anyway, how do I split this partition without losing the data on it.

BTW, I have successfully split two different win95 pcs with fips... both had and still have absolutely no problems... This is my first win98 venture.

machine is gateway, P3 600E, 256mb Ram, 20g hd, DVD, CDR/W, soundblaster, nvida, 17" monitor, etc.

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Garrett
 
Old 01-05-2004, 09:17 AM   #2
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well i never heard of fips before but maybe just judging by your info, that it may only support fat16 or something? i assume thats the paritition type on the 95 boxes...
anyways, like i said i know nothing of fips, but a program that people seem to have success with is, Partition Magic 8, which is commonly used for resizing partitions...

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Award winning PartitionMagic® can resize, split, merge, delete, undelete, and convert partitions -- all without destroying data -- and it only takes a few minutes!
 
Old 01-05-2004, 09:44 AM   #3
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FIPS is a DOS utility that can resize FAT partitions. On RH and MDK its located in the \dosutils directory of the 1st CD. I'm sure its include in other distros too.

Are you using the latest version? Besides PM you can use linux utilities like parted and GTKparted.
 
Old 01-05-2004, 10:43 AM   #4
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Yes I'm using the latest version of fips. I downloaded it from the fips main site. I have heard of partition magic, but I would prefer keeping it free.

What are these other apps and where can I find them? I have heard bad things about using linux tools to change windows partitions. Also how would I go about using linux partition tools on a pc with only win98 installed?

Basically I just want to split the 20g win98 partition into two 10g partions, one linux, one win98 without losing data on the windows side. If members could share the ways they have done this I would really appreciate it.

Thanks,
Garrett
 
Old 01-05-2004, 01:33 PM   #5
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I found fips does not support splitting fat32. I did a little reading and I believe I can boot into dos, then use loadlin.exe to get into linux. From there I think I can use linux tools to split the partition. Please correct me if I'm wrong.

What linux (or free windows) tools best and most simply split FAT32 partitions? I am pretty new to linux, so the simpler the better.

Garrett
 
Old 01-05-2004, 01:56 PM   #6
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Okie dokie. I read that I can make boot disks with GNUparted to load linux and GNUparted in order to resize my FAT32 partition. AND I don't even need to defrag again. Wahoo. Will try tonight, wish me luck guys. If I don't reply by tommorow, I'm in trouble!

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Old 01-05-2004, 07:47 PM   #7
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Ok now I really did it, but at least I still got my old data.

Went through the GNUParted process after making both floppies. That seemed to work fine. I quit and rebooted (using ctr-alt-del). Upon reboot it said

Load Error
Press Any Key to Reboot

I tried using boot floppies etc to get the pc to boot, but had no luck. I could not get windows to boot. I then tried to install linux but didn't get far with that either. It said it could not find any harddrives.

So I pulled out my trusty norton rescue disk and ran rescue which "repaired" my partition tables by "replacing" them with the ones norton rescue had created on the floppy. Upon this reboot it booted into windows, thank god! So I go to control panel and check C: drive. It says I have 10g total space avalible. Sounds ok, but... I go to DOS and use fdisk to display partition data and it says c: drive has one partition using 20g of space. Uh oh.

I tried installing linux, hoping that linux's fdisk would tell me different partition info. But when installing linux, I go to partition harddisk and it says it can't find a hard disk.

So now I'm really confused. I would appreciate any help.

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Garrett
 
  


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