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Old 11-01-2005, 10:00 AM   #1
Eerath
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Dell Inspiron 6000 partitioning.


I got a shiny new Dell Inspiron 6000 with Win XP Pro pre-installed on it last night. I installed Norton Partition Magic with hopes of turning it into a dual boot system with SUSE 10 (Though PM may not be ideal for this as it doesn't support ReiserFS) and the partitions are like so:

84MB FAT Dell Recovery Partition, 52GB NTFS WinXP, 3GB unidentifiable filesystem (presumably part of the recovery). These are all Primary partitions.

I want to cut what is currently "C:" into 3 pieces (NTFS WinXP, FAT32 Documents, ReiserFS SUSE), but am concerned about the recovery partitions, I'd also be left with 5 Primary partitions, which simply wouldn't work!

I would be inclined to destroy the recovery partitions, but Dell didn't provide me with any OS or driver re-installation CDs (Yes, I pay 60 extra for Pro and they can't even be arsed to make a CD!). I'd also be a bit nervous of installing GRUB as the MBR is in the recovery partition.

Any suggestions?

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Old 11-01-2005, 12:35 PM   #2
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If you have access to an external drive, or another machine, you could always copy your existing partitions to the spare, and reimage the system the way you want it. Unfortunately, repartitioning is the only way to solve this, as you can only have 4 partition entries per table (an entry could be a pointer to an extended table, giving you more entry capabilities).

While I don't normally advocate this, you could legally download an XP iso from some of the warez sites, since you own the software and have a key to prove it. The other thing would be to somehow burn the recovery information on to a DVD (partition is too big for a CD).

Once you have control of your system again, making it dual boot isn't too difficult. You'll want your boot loader (grub/lilo) to be on the linux partition only, and add it to Windows boot list (Windows hates being second).

Good luck.
 
Old 11-01-2005, 03:59 PM   #3
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Use PM to resize the c: drive as desired, then create an extended partition using the rest of the unallocated space. Create a logical fat32 drive for your documents. Then let SuSE create the necessary partitions and install the OS. In this way you can create more then 4 partitions.

BTW the MBR is not associated with any partition. You can boot linux from the windows:
http://hacks.oreilly.com/pub/h/2337

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Old 11-05-2005, 12:56 PM   #4
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What I'm most concerned about is that fact that the NTFS partition is booted from the FAT partition (presumably so that if the NTFS fails to boot, the recovery utils in the FAT will get to work). I don't want to lose that utility.
 
Old 11-21-2005, 11:11 AM   #5
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Partitioning

So what did you end up doing? I have the exact same dilemma, I don't want to lose the restore utility either.
 
Old 11-22-2005, 04:14 PM   #6
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my two cents

I got my 6000 a couple of months ago.

first.

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Yes, I pay 60 extra for Pro and they can't even be arsed to make a CD!)
I dont know about other places, but in US the dell order page has a little box, that allows you to order a CD for Free when you order the laptop.

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you could legally download an XP iso from some of the warez sites
often because of the 'modifications' made to warez disks they wont work with a real key. you would be better to borrow a "real" disk from a freind and make a copy of it. Odds are you will still have to call M$ to activate later anyway, but with a real copy its cool.

I got my laptop in and within an hour all paritions were gone.

I made four partitions(60GB drive)

15 GB NTFS for XP Pro
30 GB Fat32 for Data
15 GB for Linux(with a 512 swap of course)

I dont like all the crap Dell install anyway, I want all of my drives, resizing partitions is not a bad option..just a little to unpredictable, and if its new its a good time to make it the way you want it anyway.

soule
 
Old 12-08-2005, 09:08 PM   #7
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Hello!

I called up Dell and they sent me a copy of Windows XP Pro (of course the license was on label stuck on the computer).

Take care!
Murdock
 
Old 01-15-2006, 01:15 AM   #8
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About Partitioning:

I used QTparted to resize the WinXP partition and I split up that space to give me some logical partitions on hda4 to preserve the other three partitions.

If you want to load lilo onto a linux partition, the trick is to use QTparted to make hda4 the active partition. As far as I know, cfdisk only displays the logical partitions and not the primary partition those logical partitions are under, so you must use QTparted to set hda4 as the bootable partition. You must also go into lilo.conf and set the boot to /dev/hda4 instead of what the default linux partitions was (and then run lilo again). Reboot and enjoy.

Any partitioning is a precarious act, so be careful.

That's what I use and it loads up fine.

Good Luck,
Murdock

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Old 04-13-2006, 07:52 AM   #9
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Well, this may be a little late of info, but may help those who also have an Inspiron 6000 system. I currently own the Inspiron 6000D model. There IS a recovery cd on the laptop's HD itself that is just a windows install cd, which Dell never mentions. If you navigate your way to
C:\dell\MEDIAEXE directory and run ODM.exe This will create a Windows XP (Pro/Home depending on your install) recovery cd which is the bare minimum Windows CD without the Dell extras. Once it makes the CD however, it will delete this whole directory so if you need to get it back later, either backup the whole directory to some sort of archive or external HD, or you will have to restore the laptop using the F11 method at bootup to recover the directory. Hope this helps some people out there.
 
  


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