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Old 01-12-2004, 04:53 AM   #1
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Move swap partition

Hi all

I have a question about moving the swap partition to another physical hd

how do i go about doing this ??

Currently the swap partition resides on the same physical hd that mandrake 9.2 is installed upon. (hdd)
what i want to do is move the swap to another hd altogether.(hdb)

On hdb the partition looks like so

hdb1 85% formatted fat32 Not bootable
15% unused space

So do i format this extra space as a new primary partition or as a logical partition?

ie: hdb2 15% linux swap
or: hdb5 15% linux swap

I know then that i have to make the partition into linux swap (82)

Ok so once that is sorted out i have to edit fstab to say :

none /dev/hdb(2 OR 5) swap swap default 0 0

are there any other files to edit after this?
is what im doing correct ?

Still a noob and diggin this os!!
Old 01-12-2004, 06:43 AM   #2
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You're getting very close. It doesn't really matter whether you create the extra partition as primary or logical. I'd suggest primary for simplicity's sake.

After you've created the partition (as type 82 like you said) you should first format it. Do this by running mkswap /dev/hdb2.

Then you need to edit /etc/fstab, also like you said. You have me a little confused about the format (I'm working on windows so can't really check).
I thought it should be something like this :

/dev/hdb2 none swap sw 0 0
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To activate the swap partition after you format it:
swapon /dev/hdbx where x wherever you decide 2 or 5
To deactivate original swap
swapoff /dev/hdxy

Someone correct me if I am wrong. Max swap partition size is 2gb. For the average user 512mb is sufficient. If you need additional swap space you can have up to 8 swap partitions.


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