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Old 08-23-2003, 11:35 AM   #1
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I did something stupid (about partitioning)...

Okay, a little background first... I've been using Mandrake 9.1 for about 2 weeks now, and I'm pretty happy about it. But I still wanted to use windows for some things, so i decided to use a dual boot system. I formatted and installed windows ME, then I wanted to install mandrake again. During the installation, the mandrake installer asked me to select or create a partition where mandrake should be installed.
That's where I fucked up. I selected a 500 MB partition, which is way to small to install mandrake the way i want it (as a complete desktop environment, with all the trumpets and bells.) I wasn't really thinking i guess. So, the installer creates the partition, and then asks me to select wich packages i want to install, all of which are to big. I probably should have stopped there, but I thought, what the hell, i'll just do a minimum install, then enlarge the partition and install all the packages I want.
So now I'm stuck with a really basic linux system, partition magic doesn't want to enlarge or even delete of format this partition.

So, what should I do? Should I just format and install everything again, or is there a way to enlarge this partition?

Thanks in advance.
Old 08-23-2003, 12:29 PM   #2
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Personally - for simplicity - I would just re-install Mandrake - it will only take you around 30 minutes and you can be sure youve got everything as it should be - some people are lucky with enlarging partitions - re adding packages and the like etc etc etc - often though this can be messy - again, save yourself a possible headache and re-install (just how I'd approach it)
Old 08-23-2003, 02:25 PM   #3
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yep, that did the trick. Somehow I imagined it wouldn't be possible to enlarge partitions in the mandrake installer - I was wrong, it was easy.
Thanks, got everything working fine now.
Old 08-23-2003, 07:31 PM   #4
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Also in mandrake you can launch diskdrake from command line or go into Mandrake control center and go to "point points" and launch diskdrake from there. it will resize your partitions.


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