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Old 02-01-2005, 10:42 AM   #1
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Talking installing linux instead of microsft xp

Ive currently got suse linux 9.1 and xp on my computer, but im thinking about getting rid of windows altogether. Im hoping it would free up some space and help my pc run better. How hard would it be to do this?

If anyone has any advice it would be much appreciated. I have searched the net but most guides are for dual boot and partitioning installations.

Old 02-01-2005, 10:46 AM   #2
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You don't need much of a guide for that. Save all the data you might need in future if there is any, start up Yast 2, go into the partitioning tool, use it to delete the NTFS partitions belonging to Windows, then assign the newly free space as you see fit to Linux partitions. If the space is adjacent to existing partitions, those can be expanded (if not, the tool won't let you), or you can create new partitions to use.

Old 02-02-2005, 06:45 AM   #3
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You can assign new partitions to any mountpoints you want.

Easiest way to use the freed space is to assign it to mountpoint
/data or something, and keep your music etc. there.

Alternatively, you could use the new partition for example as /usr if you are low on diskspace (have lots of programs installed).

mkdir /newusr
mkfs.ext3 /dev/hdXX
mount -t ext3 /dev/hdXX /newusr
cp -a /usr/* /newusr


mv /usr /oldusr
mv /newusr /usr
mount -t ext3 /dev/hdXX /usr


After this your system uses the new /usr directory. Also, remember to update /etc/fstab. After you have checked that all works as it should, you can remove the /oldusr.

Check the manpages for more info. NOTE: doing the /usr switch is dangerous if you don't know what you are doing!
Old 02-02-2005, 07:02 AM   #4
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Careful though, last time I tried to delete my windows partition trough Yast, Suse was totally screwed up.


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