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Old 04-21-2003, 05:49 PM   #1
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Question Image Copy

Currently I have a config of 4 HDDs.
(PC is on a network)
1) 10GB with Linux9(Pry. Mast)
2) 20GB : P1(6.5) -Win2KS; P2 & P3-non critical data(Secy. Mast)
3) and 4) : 4GB each -non critical data(SCSI)

Is there a way to partition the first drive to two(5GB each) without affecting my second drive which has the(fully functional) Win2K serv.?


If it can be done is there a SF built-in or available elsewhere to get an image copy(GHOST) of the 1st partition of HDD1(linux) to the 2nd partition and vice versa?( I have Norton's Ghost 7, but would not try it unless someone here advises me to do so)

I installed RH9 only 3 days ago and I am VERY new to the OS.

I will appreciate a simplified answer please.

Thank you.
Old 04-21-2003, 05:59 PM   #2
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partimage is the the best for creating partition images.

You can make hda1 into 2 partitions but you will probably lose your RH9 install.

What do you want to split it for?
Old 04-21-2003, 08:45 PM   #3
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Thanks, David_ross,

The idea is to have a working copy of the OS available in case I cause an irreversible/unrecoverable error during the first few weeks. It is to save,perhaps, 30 mins. now(install time) but as I get more SF loaded(if and when) , may be a lot longer.

It is just a precautionary measure, as a beginner.
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Since it is only 3 days old, I would re-partition the first hard drive and re-install.

My personal favorite partitioning scheme for a home workstation currently is:

/ - 3 to 4 gig should give you lots of room for lots of software
swap - 128 MB max
/boot (only needed if / is other than ext2/ext fs) - 20-100 MB
/home - the rest of the drive.

Then you can put backups in /home, install a diffenent distro and not format /home, etc. Keep stuff not actually in the system (update packages, downloaded stuff, etc. in the /home directory.

Learn the command line and Redhat Rescue proceedure in order to be able to handle disasters in case it happens.

At least, re-installs of Linux are much faster (but Mandrake does a Windows thing and removes the updates if you use the package manager so updates take longer) than Windows because there is only one re-boot to do.

An O'Reilly article: Proper Filesystem Layout

Stay in your user account and su - to administer your system. Sit on your hands and read carefully at least 3 times what you typeed while root to be sure you don't do anything stupid.

Last edited by fancypiper; 04-21-2003 at 09:35 PM.
Old 04-22-2003, 03:32 PM   #5
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Thank you , fancypiper. I will try and do what you have suggested this week end. I appreciate the valuable advice.


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