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Old 02-11-2003, 10:27 AM   #1
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Angry Partition Problem

I have windows xp install in 12 GB hdd and suse 8.1 pro in 40 GB hdd.

I want to resize the 40 GB hdd which linux take place to make a 10 GB partition but i cant do that.

I tried with partition magic 8 under windows and with partitioner under linux but none works.
Old 02-11-2003, 01:37 PM   #2
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Hi D|{

Care to post some details of what you tried with both PM and Linux partitioning utility? May well be helpful in allowing experts out here (I'm not one of them I hasten to add, but never mind!) to track down your problem.


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partition prob more comments

well with partition magic i tried to create a new partition - i tried to resize on hdd which linux take place.

with linux partitioner i tried almost everything but i was taken negative msg.

thnx for your time
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I don't know the Linux Partitioner, so can't give you any
tips on that...

As for PQ Magic: which version have you got?
What file-system(s) are you using in Linux?


P.S.: If you're not scared of the command line
and aren't using ReiserFS you should give
GNU parted a closer look :)

P.P.S.: There's a tool called Arconis Partition Expert
out there that can handle ext2, ext3 AND Reiser :)
Old 02-12-2003, 04:20 PM   #5
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The whole 40GB drive is Suse right? How many partitions do you have set up on it? If you have at least 2 you should be fine. Say you've got 20 GB and another 20 GB (not taking into account swap space--you'll need swap too):

hda1 = / = 20GB
hda2 = /home = 20GB

This is a purely hypothetical partition setup. Chances are, your /home directory doesn't take up more than a couple of GB and neither does your root (at least not enough to make up 20 GB of data). If you've got LOTS of stuff on either partition, time to start burning those mp3's to CD.

If your combined total of information for both partitions is less than 20 GB, you could move or copy all your info from your /home partition to your / partition. Then, you could run fdisk or cfdisk and then delete your second partition (/home) and create 2 more partitions of 10 GB each. Now, you've got your partition table as follows:

hda1 = / = 20GB
hda2 = /partition2 = 10GB
hda3 = /partition3 = 10GB

You can name these partitions whatever you want. Afterwards, you could probably take all that stuff that was in your former /home partition, and move or copy it back to /partition3. You could then rename that partition to /home if you want. This is one way to do it. You could also try to resize / partition to 30 GB afterwards if you want. I would think it would be easier to increase the size of a partition rather than shrink it down. If you were looking to take a single partition drive and shrink its size from 40GB to 30GB then create a new parition of only 10GB, I don't think I'll be of much use as I've never done that before. Hopefully another here will be able to help you out with that. Good luck!

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