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Old 08-04-2003, 02:47 AM   #1
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will fdisk destroy the single windows partition?


Hi, all. It is a newbie question. I have not used fdisk before and have the chance to try it now.

I have a hard disk with only 1 partition with windows98. Can I use the fdisk to make partition for the rest of the free space, without destroying windows? If so, do I need to "new" a primary partition for linux? or only "new" the extension for swap, /boot and / ?

Thank you very much
 
Old 08-04-2003, 02:54 AM   #2
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Which fdisk are you talking about? :)
Window's? Linux? By default, neither
should do anything you don't want it
to (even though I had bad experiences
with Window's fdisk in the past ;}) ...

And the second question: Linux is not
particular at all, it likes primary and ex-
tended the same, and even a second
hard-drive is no obstacle for a flawless
install ...

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Old 08-04-2003, 02:59 AM   #3
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Oh thank you very much guru Tinkster. It is an incredible speed.

I want to use linux fdisk to make use of the "free" space left by windows98. But there is only one partition hda1 on this hdd. I think probably I need some tools first to resize hdd and free some, say, 2G, and then use the fdisk to creat extension swap /boot and /. Is that correct?

Thanks again
 
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How much free disk space have you got?

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the hard disk is 10G, and leaving about 8G free. So resizing 2G as "unallocated" is not a problem (I believe).

Thanks
 
Old 08-04-2003, 03:27 AM   #6
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You got to use something like PartitionMagic or GNU/Parted to resize existing partitions. Fdisk does not resize partitions, it merely creates/destroy them.
 
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Thank you Azmeem. I found that. My partition magic CD is corrupted It seems the only way I can do is to destroy everything
 
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There's a bunch of rescue/mini-distro's with
parted/ntfsresize out there ... just go to
http://freshmeat.net and search for parted

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Again, thank you Tinkster. I've managed to resize the partition (I should declar I did not use illegal software)

I was told that the partition where kernel resides (I think /boot) has been put beyond the 1024 cylindral limite. Sorry but I've been using auto-partition all-along and never encoutered this problem before. Anyway I proceeded. I'll see whether linux could boot after I install it.
More later...
 
Old 08-04-2003, 05:43 AM   #10
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Haa, linux boot quite all right. It previously told me that /boot is beyond the 1024 cylindral limit, and my BIOS does NOT appear to support this. However, it supports

This is a good practice, one a desktop computer
 
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Congratulations! Use Linux more often
 
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[B]Again, thank you Tinkster. I've managed to resize the partition (I should declar I did not use illegal software:))
Ciao Ragazzo,

and my pleasure :) (piacere mio?)

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Con piacere a conoscerti. Non sono Italiano, sono Cinese
 
  


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