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Linuxhelp _ Hardware Support _ Hard Drive Troubles

Posted by: StevenM Jan 13 2004, 11:02 PM

I have a 40 gig Linux drive and 15 gig Windows drive. I got DSL, and I do generally use windows more, so with all my downloading, I have only 800 MBs left on my windows drive. Previously, I have tried to split the 40 gig drive, 20 for linux, 20 for windows. I have Red Hat 9. I used sfdisk (i think, i know it was the one the man fdisk described as a "hacker" one). sfdisk (or whatever) messed up the partition table a bit, now there are trailing 1 MB free spaces at the start and end (and sometimes in the middle) of the drive. I was wondering how I could fix the partition table, and get a 20 gig vfat partition (the red hat 9 installer will only let me create a vfat of 2048 MBs). I backed up all my linux files to my windows drive, so I can reinstall red hat all I need. Thanks for any help and sorry about the messiness, I am typing this really fast.

Posted by: hughesjr Jan 14 2004, 06:36 AM

The best tool for changing partitions in multiple OS's (in my opinion) is http://www.partitionmagic.com/partitionmagic/.

Linux actually needs 2 partitions minumum ... a swap partition (the recommendation is 2 x Memory) and a root partition.

If you are willing to reformat linux, you can use Partition Magic to extend your vfat partition.
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Posted by: StevenM Jan 14 2004, 03:04 PM

I'm a little strapped for cash, do you know of a free program?
Also, about the partition table being messed up, how would I fix it?
I have a Western Digital hard drive

Posted by: StevenM Jan 15 2004, 06:30 PM

I got Partition Magic and it won't work, because the Master Boot Record is messed up. Is there any way to fix the Master Boot Record?

Posted by: hughesjr Jan 16 2004, 05:55 AM

If you boot to a windows disk that has fdisk, you can issue the command:

fdisk /fixmbr

But Partition Magic should be able to repair it as well....

The free equivilant is http://www.gnu.org/software/parted/parted.html ... however, it doesn't work very well. (Not at all on NTFS partitions ... not well on some types of Linux partitions ... and it is a console based program.

Posted by: hughesjr Jan 17 2004, 06:26 AM

I have been doing some more research ... there is a FREE graphical tool called http://qtparted.sourceforge.net/index.en.html for creating/resizing partitions. It is supposed to work with FAT16, FAT32, NTFS, reiserfs, ext2/3.

There is a bootable CD called http://www.sysresccd.org/ (based on gentoo linux) that contains many utilities including QTparted, PartGui, nano, vim-6.2, MidnightCommander, fdisk, sfdisk, mkisofs, cdrecord, Clam-AntiVirus, lynx and links.

I have been playing with this CD for a couple days now ... it seems OK, but QTParted is not nearly as functional as Partition Magic. I did resize an NTFS partition and it seemed to work.

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