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Old 05-06-2003, 04:02 PM   #1
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Resizing partitions after install


I first partitioned the HD with partitionmagic. It had a boot partition, WIN98 primary, and an extended partition with a linux swap, and an ext2 for the '/'

I now need to shrink the WIN98 part, and extend the extended part, with the root partition.


a) During install RH8 converted the root to ext3, which i believe partitionmagic (or my version) doesn't support.
b) One or the other seems to have included a slight error in the FAT tables. PM sometimes ignores it, sometimes tries to fix it. Anyway, this isn't really a concern at this time.

So my question, is there an opensource linux app that can resize FAT32 and ext3 partitions? or have I missed something already installed in RH8?

Secondly, if that is not an option, i would think to backup my linux partition, then use PM to resize the part, and then restore the part. Is this an option? What should I use to back it up. Will RH still work when I start it again?

Old 05-06-2003, 06:42 PM   #2
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use parted.
Just type parted on a console and type h for help

Hope that helps...
Old 05-06-2003, 09:14 PM   #3
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you can use parted or partion magic parted works in command prompt so if not good for you use partion magic it has a graphical interface
Old 05-06-2003, 09:28 PM   #4
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ext3 is just an ext2 with journalling. u can go into rescue mode or in single user mode, unmount the partitions u need to resize and then use parted.

u can convert ext2 to ext3 non-destructively using tune2fs (tune2fs -j /dev/partition)

resizing partitions is very complicated. back up important files first before proceeding.
Old 05-07-2003, 01:59 AM   #5
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Thanks all, will give parted a try this evening


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