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Old 06-30-2003, 04:24 PM   #1
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Unhappy 15GB of space mysteriously dissapear.

    hda1                    Primary   Linux ext3                       38296.91 
    hda4        Boot        Primary   Linux ext3                          24.68
    hda2                    Primary   Linux swap                        1003.49
    hda3                    Primary   Win95 FAT32 (LBA)                 1842.47
Figure 1.

/dev/hda1              23G   19G  3.2G  86% /
/dev/hda3             1.7G  3.8M  1.7G   1% /mnt/win_c
/dev/hda4              23M  8.2M   13M  38% /boot
Figure 2.

The cliff notes:

i backed everything up (the original ext3 was 22GB, with 19GB of stuff) to a network computer, then repartitioned, shrunk the vfat from ~14GB to 2GB, and increased hda1 from 22GB to 37GB.
As you can see from Fig.1 and Fig.2, there's some inconsistency in the forc... errr, the hd space. anyway to fix this dilema
Old 06-30-2003, 05:33 PM   #2
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Run 'fdisk' as root. What does it shouw you when you use 'p' option?
Old 06-30-2003, 07:16 PM   #3
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here's the fdisk p output
   Device Boot    Start       End    Blocks   Id  System
/dev/hda1             1      4656  37399288+  83  Linux
/dev/hda2          4660      4781    979965   82  Linux swap
/dev/hda3          4782      5005   1799280    c  Win95 FAT32 (LBA)
/dev/hda4   *      4657      4659     24097+  83  Linux
Old 07-01-2003, 03:33 PM   #4
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Your boot partition, "/dev/hda4," should be at the beginning of your drive not at the end. That way the bootloader can ignore the geometry of your drive from the bios and boot linux to see all of your drive.
Old 07-01-2003, 06:35 PM   #5
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As a slight side note - please tell me that this isn't one of the older IBM 40Gb drives (I forget the model name)? I had one of those (well, actually still present tense) and it would sometimes forget the last 15-20Gb of the disk. Gave me a bit of a shock the first time it happened. Seems to have settled down now, though. Strange!


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