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teedd 11-08-2003 03:29 AM

Hi people I partitioned my laptop's hd so that It could run windows on one part and Linux RedHat on the other. When I set redhat up it only had about 2.8GB now I have encreased that inwindows to about 8 GB but when in KDE and I right click and click properties it only says I have 2.8GB of space how do i update this?

Also I never made a swap partion and im starting to think I should have, how do I create one as it dosent give me the option in partion magic unless I create a new linux partion.



teedd 11-08-2003 05:19 AM

someone please help!

leipper 11-08-2003 02:06 PM

It appears you are using Partition Magic in Windows (PM) to help you with your disk partitioning. That is a good tool but there is some confusion when you say that PM doesn't know about linux swap partitions (I thought it did).

There is also confusion when you say KDE properties doesn't give you the right partition size. The impliation is that you have more than one linux partition. From a command line run the 'df' command to see what linux has mounted and how big the mounted partitions are.

So the first thing to figure out is the partition map in your current system. PM has a function to print out a fairly detailed report from the partition table. You can also use the linux fdisk to see what you have.

The second thing to do is to plan out how you want the disked to be partitioned.

The third thing to do is to figure out how to get from where you are to where you want to be.

The easiest way is often to start from scratch and (1) partition the disk and make the windows partition active and bootable; (2) install windows; (3) install linux

With PM or QParted you might be able to do step one with a bit of resizing and re-arranging and data shuffling.

Once you have a partition set for linux swap space, you will need to format it and then put an entry in /etc/fstab for it - look for a howto on this somewhere.

A lot of the particulars will depend upon what version of which software you are trying to do things with. Good luck, have fun.

michaelk 11-08-2003 03:16 PM

Wether or not you really need a swap partition depends on what you use the computer for and how much RAM is installed in your computer.

You can create swap file like winblows just see if you really need one without repartitioning your hard drive.

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