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Old 08-21-2006, 09:01 AM   #1
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Partitioning problem

Hi All

while i was installing Mandriva Linux on my pc . i face the first problem which is partitioning .

i already have an empty drive for linux which i choose while installing but it was divided into swap and 2 ext3 drives .i don't know why

i need to make the 2 ext3 drives only one ext3 drive
i can't do this using partition magic .

can anyone help here
Old 08-21-2006, 09:22 AM   #2
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Hi mahred, not used Mandriva, but I do have partition magic. At least in v8 you can do this. Just delete one of the ext3 partitions and expand the other to take all the freed up space.
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If you are installing only Mandriva, just delete everything and let the Mandriva installer set up the partitions. For that matter, the installer should allow you to delete partitions and then create new ones.
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I don't use Mandriva either, but I have partitioned about 20 computers' worth of hard drives, both dual-boot and Linux only.

By default, Linux uses three partitions. They are the root (/) partition, the boot (/boot) partition, and the swap area. Both root and boot partitions are formatted EXT3. From what I've read, the biggest reason for the separate boot partition used to be some necessary protections during the boot process, but now it is mainly historical. Either way, when comparing the size of the boot partition to the root partition on large, late-model hard drives, boot is insignificant.

I guess you could do away with the boot partition, but in general I think it is bad policy to change a default unless you know exactly what you are doing and why. My suggestion is to leave it there unless you have an overriding reason to delete it.

I've used Ranish partitioning software with good results, but I'm generally starting with brand new or zero-filled hard drives. Google for it.


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