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Old 07-03-2019, 03:44 PM   #1
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Installed on WinXP, cant resize Linux part?


So Im trying to install the Linux updates, but somehow the partition (or something) is set to be too small. The Hard drive appears to have an excess of 60 GB free, but none of the guides Ive seen online appear to work for resizing the partition.

Here are the photos of my issue...

https://i.imgur.com/XYetCQY.jpg


https://i.imgur.com/6PxvOEZ.jpg
https://i.imgur.com/fA03WHD.jpg
https://i.imgur.com/Q5wUvN6.jpg

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Old 07-03-2019, 05:04 PM   #2
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You should not install Linux updates on WinXP. WinXP is not meant to run Linux software.

In case I misunderstand your problem, could you state:
- Which Linux distro and version are you using
- Which command(s) are you executing
- Wich error message(s) do you get
- What is the significance of the 300MB partition displayed in your screenshot
 
Old 07-03-2019, 05:28 PM   #3
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Welcome to LinuxQuestions.

The screenshot photo is viewing the USB drive where gparted live is installed and not the actual hard drive that shows the issue. You need to select /dev/sda using the pull down drive select button in the upper right hand corner of the gparted menu.

As stated we need to know the error messages displayed or anything that really explains the problem before we can provide help.
 
Old 07-04-2019, 09:59 PM   #4
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Sorry i uploaded the other images of the drive.
 
Old 07-04-2019, 10:32 PM   #5
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It looks like you are running Mint live from a DVD or other USB drive. If it is USB without persistence the drive is read only and you can not install updates. The drive where XP is installed consists of one partition which is NTFS and does not contain any linux partitions.

Otherwise we need to have a better understanding of what is running on your system.

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Old 07-04-2019, 10:49 PM   #6
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Quote:
Originally Posted by nanolinux View Post
Sorry i uploaded the other images of the drive.
Personally, I still don't understand what is your problem. You mention that some partition is full, but I don't see which that might be, let alone how to increase it. Hint: One possible way of dealing with a full partition is deleting files from it.

Of my four questions, the two essential ones are still unanswered:
- Which precise command(s) are you executing
- Which precise error message(s) do you get

Hard to help you without this information.

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Old 07-04-2019, 11:30 PM   #7
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I'm not really sure what you are getting at.
It at least appears that drive /dev/sdb is either a CD or a USB Flash drive with the GParted live .iso image writen directly to it - either way it's read only. And writing a .iso image directly to flash drive DOES waste a lot of space. - Personally I create a menu using grub to be able to multi-boot on flash drives (users choice of EFI or BIOS boot) and extract the .iso to it's own partition on the flash drive - chainloaded from the main boot menu. Sometime the menu files for the boots have to be altered slightly, but you can have say GParted Live plus say 3 Linux distro installs on the same flash drive, and likely room left for other data. That can get involved to explain how EXACTLY to do though.
As for drive /dev/sda - I see one NTFS partition the whole size of the drive basically, if you are attempting to put a ext2/3/4 partition on there, you will have to shrink the NTFS partition first, then create the ext2/3/4 in the unallocated space. (There is always a little unallocated space, especially if you use a gpt partition table.)
 
Old 07-06-2019, 04:35 AM   #8
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https://i.imgur.com/QKVDm71.jpg

Ok, so I'm not entirely sure of the language used, but the problem is that I cannot even update my Linux, nor can I resize the partition from WinXP (original images).

So the new image in this post is from within Linux, and it appears that the "drive" is only 4 GB large. However, the actual Drive is 100GB and its mostly empty. I went into Windows and deleted another 30 or so GB of junk. There is a ton of space but I cannot seem to appropriate it to Linux so that I can update it.

Thank you.
 
Old 07-06-2019, 06:16 AM   #9
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Having a 'mostly empty' partition of windows xp isn't going to be helpful. The space would need to be free/unallocated space "outside" any windows partitions and you would need to use something like GParted to make that change. The various images you have posted don't really show that. The graph image in your last post doesn't give much useful information as it shows the size of folders/directories but does not show any partitions at least none that are visible to me.
 
Old 07-06-2019, 07:12 PM   #10
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you don't "have to" install linux on your HD, infact many are not doing that. some install to USB only, some virtualize. some even went to using unix inside some other OS (which unfortunately excludes linux but ultimately includes some things ripped from linux).

i put my linux in a virtual box and run it under win10 has access to networking and can run X - does ok (ok not good because video support totally sucks of course - in that respect virtualization is a big lie, and getting access to networking - that's an extra dig you have to do on both OS to get working)

also Win10 has a SMALL ubuntu thing you can install (far from perfect but better than nothing)
 
Old 07-06-2019, 07:15 PM   #11
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60 GB won't do it for a developer machine or a multimedia machine or game machine. it will do allot with older software (still not be enough for developer machine), but is also "no longer enough" for many mainstream things.
 
Old 07-07-2019, 04:10 AM   #12
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As pointed out, you would have have to shhrink that Windoze partition to unalocate some space to create a Linux partition... And actually, I am not sure there is enough space on that hd for both.
Personally, I don't have Windows at all - I use a home built desktop with just Linux, and have a 2TB hd in it, BUT thats for 3 Distros, a few Live boot tools, and data.
I know it was also mentioned, unlike Windows, Linux DOSE NOT have to be installed to an internal storage device, although some you need to re-install grub on once setup because it defaults to a secured boot, and once the drive is disconnected thats gone, but you can get it back with any live boot with grub on it by re-installing grub to it, with the option --no-uefi-secure-boot, also, that is ONLY an issue if you used efi boot, not with a BIOS boot.
Hard drives do not cost much anymore either, you might consider adding a second internal hd.
 
  


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