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Old 10-19-2003, 05:13 AM   #1
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How to change partitions that are mounted from command line?


Hi,

I am running redhat 9 and WinXP on separate hard drives;
I had 4 partitions on my linux hdd:
root
part 1
part 2
and a swap partition

I ran out of space on my windows drive, and I knew I had nothing on "part 2" on my linux drive so I decided to format over part 2 as a fat32 partition and use it for windows

I did this by using the windows XP installation disk partition manager

When I tried to start linux up the next day, I got a file system error or something and was given the oppurtunity to fix the filesystem

I guess I need to edit the /etc/fstab file which I understand has all the start-up information...?

Does anyone know what I can do, or do I need to reinstall?

Also, I realize that editing a ext3 partition with windows was an incredibly stupid thing to do; What would be the correct way to have done it?
 
Old 10-19-2003, 05:51 AM   #2
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hmm, well, first, of course copy everything you want off the partition (if anything), then of course unmount it, run FDISK, delete the partition in question, then create a new DOS partition in the free space left, save, run mkfs -t msdos *the partition* (or mkfs -t vfat) then run your favorite text editor (emacs, vi, vim, pico, etc...) and change the line ext3 in /etc/fstab to msdos (or vfat) then remount the partition.
 
  


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