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Old 09-29-2002, 06:14 PM   #1
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Question Ideas on using available space

I have successfully installed a dual boot (after a week of installs and reinstalls). I have a
1. win 98 with 4gb (fat32) primary
2. and a mandrake linux with 4 gb (ext2).

Booting with lilo, and have about 52gb of free unused space.

Now I want to partition another 30gb with fat32, another 1 gb as swap and the rest as ext2. I am not able to create an extended partition using cfdisk. What do I do?

Can anyone suggest what I should do and how I should proceed from here to use all my hard disk space?

Thanks in advance
Old 09-29-2002, 06:56 PM   #2
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I've got an idea....
I have a 15 gig hard drive, why don't you get rid of that extra disk space burning a hole in your chipset and trade me?
Old 09-30-2002, 03:02 PM   #3
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Thanks for your smart reply Adam ... the solution to my problem is to create an extended partition to have 3 more partitions. However cfdisk would not let me create an extended partition. Anyone know why? Thanks
Old 09-30-2002, 03:18 PM   #4
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Don't go with ext2 on large partitions, fsck will keep you reading some news in a local paper rather than online. Use journaling filesystem (ext3, ReiserFS - very good on small files (<1K of size files), JFS, or XFS). Just my 2 cents. And if you want to make use of that left over space, you can host an ftp server serving ... , ah dah, I forgot ... Oh well, you got an idea, just use your system smart.
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yeah, sorry for the smart-ass-ness, i didn't mean it seriously. You can mount the extra partitions on one of the directories of your filesystem if you want, like on /home or /usr/src/ or something. You would want to edit /etc/fstab to make this mount on bootup
Old 10-01-2002, 12:41 AM   #6
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I have only 20GB, and have 8 operating systems cramped. Why
don't you give me some 50GB? May be that can help install some
more .
Old 10-01-2002, 01:03 AM   #7
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thats another idea cmsenthil.. you could just try out a bunch of different distributions of linux, and find the one you like.
Old 10-01-2002, 10:02 AM   #8
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MP3's MP3's MP3's source, more MP3's MP3's MP3's
Hell i never seem to have enough space. Just killed my Win2k partition, reformated as ReiserFS and added it under my Linux root as MP3 partition. Now i finally have space to install more programs. See thats great, most of Linux software is free so you can download and try out a bunch of programs, hell try as many as you want, and then when you have made a list of programs you know you need and will use, make a clean Linux install, and install only the programs you need. This way you have a efficient, customized system, with only the programs you actually need..
but really, is it that hard to find a way to use your free space?
And hard disks are so damn expensive for my wallet....


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