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Old 01-14-2004, 11:48 AM   #16
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Man, you're good. It's up and running and I am a happy Linux newbie once again. Phew!

Let me ask you one more question if I can.
I now have a device called /dev/hda7 that's 6GB. I want to simply merge it with /dev/hda8 so that the main Linux partition has room to grow.

Now I know to do this within Linux, and I can do it using Yast in Suse 8.2. Can you provide me some general advice on how to do this so I don't encounter any problems?

Also, I was prepared to pay someone to help me do this, and since you did it for free, I thought I would make a contribution to some Linux non-profit. You have any one you can recommend or like? There's the Free Software Foundation in the States, but also Just let me know.

Again, thank you!

Old 01-14-2004, 12:01 PM   #17
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Now merging the two partitions together might not be the best way to go. You could actually use both partitions, and mount them on seprate points. The best is keep hda8 as / and use the hda7 as /usr ( Its usually the biggest single directory. ) Merging the partitions might be more problematic, as beside reversing the changes you just made, their is a lot of risk in actually losing the data on the drive when you mess with partitions. ( Even with partition magic )
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It could be that the thing you've done is somehow either removed (or changed the location of) the Windows boot block as Windows sees it.

From what I can tell, Windows is located at /dev/hda2. Is that right?

Depending on which version of Windows you're running, you can either use a console restore program or the Windows version of fdisk (fdisk/mbr) to write a Windows Master Boot Record (if that's something you want to do) or possibly write or rewrite the Windows boot record on its partition instead of in the MBR. Chances are good that the boot block isn't where its expected to be.

Figuring out if it's there at all and/or making one seems to be the next challenge. Getting boot blocks established for both Windows and Linux seems to be the ultimate goal. You've seemingly verified that you have a Linux boot block on hda8 and probably a GRUB managed MBR, but the GRUB config file no longer represents what's actually on the disk. Figure out what's out there, then the GRUB config file can be easily modified to point to the right boot blocks for each system.


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