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Old 11-04-2002, 07:31 PM   #1
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Partition sizing

I have a partition that is out of space. I have extra hard drive space, how can I adjust my partion without third party software?
If possible give me step by step instructions.
Old 11-04-2002, 07:35 PM   #2
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Welcome to!

Can you tell us what your drives are, what you have installed and where you're thinking of putting Linux.

At this stage, you're contemplating the red pill, and it's best to have a book to read along the way. O'Reilly books on Linux/Unix are recommended if you can afford them.

Old 11-04-2002, 07:56 PM   #3
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you don't really need to resize.... you can mount some of your current system from that extra partition.

what partition is it? I'll call it /dev/hdax here. We are going to mount the /home directory on it here, but that can really be replaced by whatever you want.

mke2fs /dev/hdax # makes an ext2 filesystem on the drive
mount /dev/hdax /mnt # mounts hdax to /mnt
cd /home

##instead of "mv" here, you may want to run it all through with "cp"... just to make sure it all transfers smoothly (I don't wanna screw you up)

mv -R * /mnt ## moves everything from /home to /mnt... your other partition

now you are going to have to edit your /etc/fstab file. put a line like this:

/dev/hdax /home ext2 defaults 1 2

now, when you reboot, /dev/hdax will be mounted on /home, your original partition will have space, and your system will be happy

good luck



if you do want to resize the partition, there are two programs from gnu for it..."fips" and "parted" check 'em out

Last edited by adam_boz; 11-04-2002 at 07:58 PM.
Old 11-04-2002, 07:57 PM   #4
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This is a loaded queston. There are two ways you can go here.

The first is actually resizing the partition itself. This can be done using parted providing there is free space after the end of the partiion. I personally would not recommend this approach though.

What I would recommend that you do is create a new partition out of the free space and move a chunk of your full partition over. For instance If your /var partition is getting full make a new partition and mount the /var/log folder on it . What you move to the new partition would depend on what fits the space created.

Also depending on your distro you might have other options. I understand Mandrake users are fond of diskDrake for instance. To reinforce what Bert said, if you can provide what Distro you are using and your current partition scheme maybe we could provide better answers.

Edit. Changed wording for clarity.

Last edited by Mephisto; 11-04-2002 at 08:44 PM.
Old 11-04-2002, 08:04 PM   #5
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Jeez I type slow. adam_boz explained in detail what I was briefly suggesting. All in the time it took me to type the message.


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