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Old 09-21-2005, 09:36 PM   #1
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WinXp Recovery Partition Resize Problem

Okay, I get a clear warning from WinXp before I begin to access the files on the D: recovery drive. It states among other things, "Any change to this partition could prevent any recovery later."

Now I am reading up on some documents on how to boot up Linux without putting GRUB/LILO in the MBR and letting the Window Boot load NTLDR deal with it.

Here is the order of my partitions listed by PartitionMagic, then the problem:
HP_RECOVERY D: FAT32 <-- Recovery partition
Unallocated <-- 7gb for Mandriva

First, this is where my explanation gets messy cuz I don't know Linux.
I have to tell Linux to install its boot part in "/boot" which according to a 1024-cylinder BIOS access limit should be in the first 50mb of the drive...
Now later in the document it says to install GRUB on the "first sector of the /boot partition". Then I modify some of the WinXP boot.ini and put a linux.bin file on a Fat32 drive and I can boot Linux via WinXp Bootloader.

Now what sort of actions should I take on my partitions?
With the recovery drive first, I am afraid to knock of 50mb from the front of it.

Old 09-21-2005, 10:24 PM   #2
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You really really really don't want to mess with the recovery partition!
If you do resize anything, it should be the C drive .
If you don't mess with the recovery partition, you will be able to restore Windows if you want. Even better is to have backup images like ghost or other.

Myself, I don't use a /boot partition. I use the MBR for booting.
I put the whole linux into one partition called /
and one small one for swap.
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Hmmm, well if I replace the current boot loader I will loose the ability to boot directly into my HP System Recovery.

So, are you positive it is not safe to resize the Recovery partition at all....
Old 09-21-2005, 11:06 PM   #4
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With the recovery drive first, I am afraid to knock of 50mb from the front of it.
I just noticed that you wanted to resize the left ( front ) side of your recovery partition. That would screw up any partition! Don't try to resize on the left side of a partition.
If you want to use a /boot partition, just put it first in the area where you resize the C drive. That will still need to be resized on the right ( back ) side of the partition.
Then you can put the other Linux partitions after the /boot.


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