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ingy
post Nov 14 2002, 03:32 PM
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I use SUSE Linux 8.0 and on installation partitioned my hard-disk, allocating half to Linux and half to Windows XP. However, I found I needed more space for windows and attempted to resize the partitions. I used Ranish Partition Manager and accidently deleted both my root and swap partitions. Now, I can't get into Linux and the disk space isn't visible in Windows XP (it works fine though). I used a different partition manager and found the space was classed as "used", yet there is nothing I can delete to free it up. I'm also unable to reinstall Linux due to this problem, as the installer can't resize the partitions. Help?
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post Nov 18 2002, 11:56 AM
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Ugh. I've been down that road before. You have a couple of options:

1) Boot from CDrom and select the emergency repair mode which loads a chrooted linux envirnment from CD. You can then run fdisk and delete all of your linux partitions but DO NOT MESS WITH /DEV/HDA1 as that is your windows partition!

2) Boot from floppy and go through ht emotions of a manual install. This is outlined in the SuSE 8.0 "Reference" guide. I have the 8.0 Professional set, so if you have personal I don't know if it's detailed.

Post a reply and let me know if that helped, otherwise, we can work on a couple things on IRC at a scheduled time when convenient for both of us ...

I'm usually on the #linuxhelp as Morbid_Angel

later ...
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ingy
post Nov 23 2002, 05:50 AM
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Thanks for your help! When I used fdisk, my linux partitions didn't show up (I had already deleted them using the Ranish partition manager). I managed to get a copy of PartitionMagic 8 from a friend, and resized my disk to fill the free space. I had to convert to NTFS first, which might make a Linux reinstallation more awkward but shouldn't pose any serious problems. Thanks again! biggrin.gif
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