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Old 06-18-2003, 10:51 AM   #1
DiabloDan
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Re partitioning a drive


OK, I just put a second OS on my computer, Mandrake Linux, because I got board and wanted to try something new. SO then I used Partition Magic and set aside 42 gigs for Windows and about 7 gigs for Linux and then i went and installed Linux then after about 2 weeks I found out that it had taken that partition (7gigs) and divided it into one that was 3.1 gigs (called / ) one that was .4 gigs (swap) and one that was 2.4 (called /home) and none of then were big enough to install the thing i was wanting to install (Unreal Tournament 2003) so... I was wandering how you would resize a partition. I probably should have asked before trying to do it my self, because I think I really screwed my self because now I cant get Linux so start when I try to boot up on Linux i get some error and then my computer freezes. Ill post the error l8er but now I want know how to re partition Linux in the future.
 
Old 06-18-2003, 11:53 AM   #2
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Re-partition you can use anything you'd like, I prefer sfdisk or fdisk.

Resize on the other hand is a bit more tricky. Part Magic supposedly works, but so far I've heard a lot of horror stories, so Use at YOUR OWN RISK

Parted is the tool that is used in linux to resize linux partitions. You can grab it from www.freshmeat.net Beware though, it appears to be a bit complicated for newcomers, so read up on it as best as you can before diving in.

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Old 06-18-2003, 12:05 PM   #3
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Ok... Umm... i still have a question though does n e one know how to get linux to work again
 
Old 06-18-2003, 12:16 PM   #4
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Ok... Umm... i still have a question though does n e one know how to get linux to work again
NMI = Need More Information i.e., what is the error you said you're getting when you try to start.
 
Old 06-18-2003, 12:29 PM   #5
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Re: Re partitioning a drive

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Originally posted by DiabloDan
... I probably should have asked before trying to do it my self, because I think I really screwed my self because now I cant get Linux so start when I try to boot up on Linux i get some error and then my computer freezes. Ill post the error l8er ..
Just like was said above, NMI. We could guess though, so here's a shot:
You moved your partition containing the kernel/boot info and now your boot loader doesn't know where to boot things from (since they've moved).

Anyway, so yeah, tell us what you did/tried and post up error messages, those are essential.

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Old 06-18-2003, 12:31 PM   #6
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Ok this is the error

UF3: Can't find ext3 filesystem on fev idc0(3,5)
mount,: error 22 mounting ext3 flags Kernel panic: No init found, Try passing in it option to kernel
 
Old 06-18-2003, 12:33 PM   #7
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Screwed....

I was trying to resize the partition with some program that came with Mandrake Linux 9.1 and i couldent do that so i made a new partition called /Games and then everything went nutz.
 
Old 06-18-2003, 12:54 PM   #8
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Yeah, your boot loader needs to know the location of your kernel to boot. That error pretty much is saying this. Since you probably didn't have much to begin with anyway, I'd just stop-drop-and roll. Blast the partitions away, create new ones, sized to your desires, re-install Mandy, this will again setup the boot loader correctly and everything will be just peachy.

If you want to fix it however, plug in your Mandrake disc, boot into rescue mode (press F1 for help, then type rescue) and hand edit your boot loader. Find the info on your partition setup with:
/sbin/fdisk -l
And then plugin the values accordingly.

That's not a very "n00b" way of describing it, so if that doesn't help you at all, or if you wish to do attempt the fix, post back and I'll break it down a bit more/better.

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Old 06-18-2003, 12:58 PM   #9
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Ahhhh I feel stupid!!!

Usually im really good with computers and fix other peoples computer problems (but thats with Windows) and rihgt now i feel really stuid but n e way i guess im just gana re install Mandrake and everything.
 
Old 06-18-2003, 12:59 PM   #10
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Probably the easiest thing to do. And, don't feel st00pid. I constantly make things break on my system, that's half the way of learning. The other half is of course fxing it

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Old 06-18-2003, 06:06 PM   #11
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HAha

Lol...ok
 
Old 06-18-2003, 06:41 PM   #12
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Ok almost done

Ok i have 1 last question... if i re install linux will i loose all the suff from my last installation like the files i downloaded and some of the programs i installed?
 
Old 06-18-2003, 09:42 PM   #13
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Most likely.

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