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PhilP 07-03-2009 05:38 AM

How can I reclaim partitions grabbed by a failed OpenSUSE install?
 
I need some advice on how to recover from a failed OpenSUSE install. The situation is that I have a striped RAID set up on two 500Gb drives running Windows. I wanted a dual boot setup, and I tried to install OpenSUSE but it failed with a Grub error 18.

This, I understand, is caused by my BIOS not being able to access the part of the drive with the /boot on. Because I have two 500 Gb disks, the OpenSUSE /boot partition is beyond the BIOS's addressing range.

The recommended solution seems to be to put the /boot at the start of the HDD - but then I'd need to move Windows after it somewhere. But I don't know how to do that and it seems a risky, longwinded business. Also, frankly, it took so much effort and gnashing of teeth to recover from this situation (thank goodness for Super Grub)that I've given up on the OpenSUSE install.

My problem is that the failed install has grabbed about half of the diskspace for its purposes. Question therefore is: how can I reclaim that space for Windows?

Thanks in advance for any advice.

PhilP

rbees 07-03-2009 06:11 AM

http://gparted.sourceforge.net/livecd.php

I have used this to resize a lot of partitions. You could also just make the free space into an extra partition.


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