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Old 10-05-2003, 10:39 AM   #1
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Unhappy Partitioning back to Windows

i installed suse linux 7.3 and i have it on my computer so that i can run both linux and windows. however i gave linux too much of the harddisk and i want windows to have more of it as i am running low on memory. how shall do this so that windows has more memory? shall i do this re partitioning in windows or linux?
Old 10-05-2003, 10:48 AM   #2
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Did you divide the disk up into more than two partitions? If you only gave one partition each to Windows and Linux, it could be tricky... Partition Magic supposedly supports ext2, so you may be able to use it to resize your partitions. Also, I'd suggest next time dividing the drive up into more than a single partition for each OS, as it will prevent many potential problems

If, on the other hand, you have an extra Linux partition that you can re-purpose, that would be much easier. What are the details of your existing partitions?
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well, how big is your windows swap file?? did you use parted to make linux partition when installing SuSe? Installing LInux has nothing to do with how windows uses memory at all, how much memory does your box have??
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i divided the disk up into 2 partitions: 1 for windows and 1 for linux

in Windows:
Hard disk (C
Used 18.6 GB
Free 989 MB

in linux (here the info i get from an app called block devises):

size:18.1 GB
mount point:/
free:16.4 GB
full: 9.4%

mount point:/windows/C
free:990 MB
full: 95.1%

size:125 MB
mount point:/dev/shm
free:125 MB
full: 0.0%

there are also other devices listed in "block devises" but they are all for the portable devises such as the cd rom,floppy and zip drive.

"how big is your windows swap file??

did you use parted to make linux partition when installing SuSe?"

sorry but i dont know what that is,

i cant remember how i did the partition as it was a long time ago.

in suse under the control center> yast2 modules>hardware>partitioner there is a program that seems to be for re-partitioning however i do not know how it is used and im not willing to risk mucking about with it.
Old 10-05-2003, 02:03 PM   #5
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If you are running out of hard disk space in Windows, then perhaps the best solution is to uninstall old programs you don't use, backup any mp3 collections that may be filling it up, and removing stuff like Windows temporary files and clearing out internet caches. If the issue is that you don't have enough RAM for Windows, then having more hard drive space is unlikely to make much difference.

How much RAM do you have?

To find out how big your swap file is, look in C:\Windows for a file called win386.swp. If you have lots of RAM, the file shouldn't be very large - maybe a couple hundred MB at most.

If you are using Win95/98, you can change the size of your swap file by going to Control Panel, System Properties, and going to the "Performance" tab. Click on "Virtual Memory", and then "Let me specify my own virtual memory settings." Set the minimum and maximum swap file size to approximately 1.5 times the amount of RAM you have.


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