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Old 06-15-2013, 01:10 PM   #1
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Increase storage on puppy partition

Hi all
I installed puppy on my old dell machine about a year ago.

This was my 1st attempt at using and installing Linux. I think perhaps I did not make swap or home partitions and I know I did not create a user name or password. (only I have access to my pc's)

Anyway today I was trying to download ubuntu 13.4 to disk when I received this message."Personal data almost full either delete some data or resize. and it stopped the download.

Using gparted I took 20Gb of unallocated space and formatted as ext2 hoping puppy would use that but the same thing is still. happening, so obviously I got it wrong and should have created a home/swap ext within the partition.

Sorry I really struggle to get my head around this partition thing. Managed 3 times to wipe out windows when tying to install Mint with xp, ubuntu with win 7 and mageia with xp. This must be a record lol but I just keep trying.

Its a desktop PC 2.6 hyperthreaded 2GB ram & 150 Hdd and Puppy is the only OS installed and currently the disc is showing 50.98GiB with 2.36Gib used and 48GB free plus the new 19.98GB partition and 78.15GB free/unallocated space.

Please explain how I can increase my personal storage space. thanks.

Also this pc is set to power off after 5minutes inactivity. I need to change this before I try to d/l ubuntu again but I have forgotten how. help please.
Old 06-16-2013, 06:28 AM   #2
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Hmmm. Well, Puppy doesn't really install as such. Not in the same way that a standard distro installs at least.
As to your download issue, are you selecting the right path for your download?
I think you would have to increase the size of the partition you originally used as a backstore to increase your personal storage space. But you should be able to tell the browser to put your downloads wherever you want them.

You tried creating a new partition, but Puppy is ignoring that and treating it as an extra drive instead. (which is normal)
Puppy uses a virtual ram disk as it's root directory, and it's using the home partition on that disk rather than an actual disk. If you have no swap partition, then there is nowhere to put the data once the ram disk is full. You could delete that empty partition and create a new swap partition in it's place to see if that helps.
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Old 06-16-2013, 08:20 AM   #3
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You need to mount your formatted partition before Puppy (or any other Linux distro) will use it. Then you should be able to select that partition as the place to which your downloaded file is saved. If you performed a frugal install with a pupsave file, then Puppy will default to storing any downloads/changes in the pupsave file, which may be why you're running out of space.

FWIW, there's no way you hold the record for wiping out Windows while trying to install Linux.
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Old 06-16-2013, 10:07 AM   #4
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Hi Guys.

I understand better now. I had forgotten puppy's close relationship with ram, however I like puppy and it runs very well om my dell desktop pc.

I will endeavour to creat and mount a partition within puppy's current partition of the hdd and see what happens. Al least I cant wipe windows off as its not on.

Rock. I may not have that record yet but i have only just started, give me time. lol

Thanks a lot guys cheers margaret


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