Slackware :: Is It Safe To Resize Slackware Partitions After Removing Mint 10 Partitions?

Feb 17, 2011

I've reached a point in my Slackware journey where I feel confident enough to remove my Mint 10 linux. It used to be my 'go to distro' when I trashed my Slackware installation. Now, I have Slax on a USB and I think that is enough.Mint 10 occupies /dev/sda5 (root) and /dev/sda6 (home) while Slackware occupies /dev/sda7 (root) and /dev/sda8 (home).If I delete the /dev/sda5 & /dev/sda6 partitions, can I very safely resize /dev/sda7 and /dev/sda8 to use the space freed up?

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General :: Slackware 10 Will Not Let Me Create Partitions

Oct 27, 2010

OK, trying to install Slackware version 10 on the Athlon XP Shuttle PC and been hit back hard at the very first hurdle.In short I can't create a partition in Linux.At all!CD boots up OK. Loading in basic kernal.I try and create a partition using either fdisk or cfdisk.BOTH apps reports that the partition table cannot be written to! Both apps run read only mode.So I am unable to create any partitions in Linux.

I booted up a Windows 98 floppy and checked the partition table.Two x30GB partitions.I deleted both of them in case Linux did not like a Fat32 DOS/XP partition table.Tried again. Same read only messages.Attempt to use 'w' in fdisk reports the partition table cannot be written to.Viewing the partion table returns nothing, no matter how I set it up in DOS/Windows.

Only clue is that to my surprise, the DVD RW drive is the Primary master and the 60GB HD is the secondary master. I must have slipped up installing the drives years ago and Windows didn't care. Would Linux? Other than that, nothing in the BIOS that gives a clue. I turned off ACPI support in case. I also tried the ACPI kernal. No joy there either. But DOS/Windows quite happy to build partitions.Cfdisk states that no partition tables exist even after Windows has just created one.So I am at a loss.Any clues? This is a Shuttle PC so the tech is a bit propritory but nothing that various renderings of Windows have not handled.

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Slackware :: Cannot See All Partitions On 13.0 Netbook Install

Jun 12, 2010

I have a new acer aspire one netbook I intend to dual boot. It came with xp installed on sda1. When repartitioning with gparted off a usb stick I noted two existing partitions, one small one for acer stuff and the second for xp.

I shrank the xp partion and created two new linux primary partitions. This gives me sda's 1-4 in gparted but once booted off a usb stick into the slackware install only sda and sda1 are created in /dev.

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Slackware :: Stop Automounting All Other Partitions

Nov 4, 2010

When I log into gnome all my other partitions are automatically mounted under /media, but when I log into kde, they are not. I would rather that they not be automatically mounted. How do I change this?

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Slackware :: How To Dual Boot 2 Partitions

Apr 22, 2011

Slackware 13.0 32-bit is installed on /dev/sda5 with lilo written to that partition. Everything works and I have a nice lilo boot menu (for a WinXP bootable partion). Recently I installed Slack 13.0 64-bit on /dev/sdb5. This also succeeded (apparently). After reboot I was presented with my old boot menu, selected the 32-bit Linux option (/dev/sda5) and after login went to /etc/lilo.conf where I entered a boot stanza for /dev/sdb5 (64-bit linux), and then ran /sbin/lilo. No errors flagged. After reboot there was a 64-bit entry in the boot menu, but when selected it led to kernel panic. Further although I can mount /dev/sdb5 from the 32-bit partition there is nothing in it except lost+found.

So the current position is that I can't access my 64-bit linux partition (/dev/sdb5) to change anything in it (even boot: root=/dev/sdb5 at the boot prompt doesn't seem to work).how do I obtain access to /dev/sdb5? Second question is what items do I need in the 32-bit lilo.conf boot stanza so as to be able to boot to that 64 linux partition?

PS: OK I noticed one warning when I ran lilo.....

bash-3.1# lilo
Warning: LBA32 addressing assumed
Added Slack *
Added Slack64


Maybe the problem is with the 32-bit addressing? How do I get lilo to use LBA32 for the 32-bit partition (/dev/sda5) and LBA64 addressing for the 64-bit partition (/dev/sdb5)?

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Slackware :: Ipod Shuffle Without Partitions?

Jan 4, 2010

I'm running slackware 13 and so far all my usb-devices were recognized correctly. Her ipod is running fine under windows with itunes but i'm not able to mount it on my slackware cause i don't see any partitions. Afaik, ipods have three partitions (1st firmware, 2nd music and itunes-db, 3rd ... ?). why i don't see any partitions? Here is my dmesg output when plugging in the ipod:

usb 3-1: new high speed USB device using ehci_hcd and address 2
usb 3-1: New USB device found, idVendor=05ac, idProduct=1301
usb 3-1: New USB device strings: Mfr=1, Product=2, SerialNumber=3
usb 3-1: Product: iPod


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Slackware :: Partitions Within Raw Image / How To Access Those?

May 13, 2011

To make a very low level backup of my laptop prior to upgrading it, I decided to create an iso of the harddisk; while it is doing this, but a bit too far to just cancel and start anew, so I cannot test it out right now I decided to post here.

of course, there are partitions on /dev/sda (there's a swap for example)I may (am pretty damn sure I will) want to access the files within the iso, and that's where I wonder how to tackle that; I'm thinking along the lines of setting up a loopback device (losetup) but I don't think that that will be enough to recognize the partitions. Any thoughts? (or just re-create an image of /dev/sda1 ?)

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General :: Slackware 13.1 - RAID Using Whole Disks Or Partitions

Aug 17, 2010

I use slackware 13.1 and I want to create a RAID level 5 with 3 disks. Should I use entire device or a partition? What the advantages and disadvantages of each case? If a use the entire device, should I create any partition on it or leave all space as free?

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Slackware :: Cannot Write To NTFS Or FAT32 Partitions

Mar 22, 2011

I have 13.1 as a dual boot with xp on a 40G hd. There is a 500G hd where I keep all my files, in ntfs format, and I have usb sticks in fat32 and ntfs. When I installed 13.1 I chose read and write access for all users for all of these media. 13.1 will read from them, but will not write to them. How can I fix this?

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Slackware :: Creating Partitions On New Lenovo Notebook?

May 27, 2010

I'm trying to create some Linux partitions to install Slackware on my Lenovo W510 notebook and I'm getting some partition "errors" when using fdisk or cfdisk during the Slackware install. I have a feeling this is due to the hidden system restore partition and was wondering how others have dealt with this.

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Slackware :: How To Hide/activate Partitions With LILO

Jun 3, 2010

My OS are installed as follows:

Windows 7 on /dev/sda1 (primary) type=7 (HPFS/NTFS)
WinXP on /dev/sda2 (primary) type=c (W95 FAT32 (LBA))
Linux on /dev/sda6 (logica1)

I'd like to make Win7 hidden (and deactivated) when booting WinXP from lilo (and conversely). Following the lilo manpage I set up the boot items

# Windows bootable partition config begins
other = /dev/sda1
label = Win7
table = /dev/sda


Line 50 is indicated above. I have experimented with variations on the above, but still can't get lilo to accept my syntax.

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Slackware :: Pros And Cons To Having Both /usr And /usr/local Partitions?

Jun 1, 2010

Having both a /usr and /usr/local partition seems logical: A seperate partition for /usr would preserve the /root partition since it changes in size, while reducing the initial install size of /root. Having a /usr/local partition would then preserve custom software (ie. scribus, bender etc.)not distro related, scripts, and settings.

Would having /usr and /usr/local create any problems locating files? I understand that /usr/local has a relative function depending on whether it is being used as a machine in a network context or whether it is being used as a desktop and /usr/local refers to user custom files. I am setting up slackware64 multilib and think I want to preserve both distro and user files to expedite do overs keep trouble shooting clean.

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General :: Slackware 13.1 Install - Proper Size For Partitions

Jul 1, 2010

I will install Slackware 13.1 on my desktop in 50 GB of disk space but I'm not sure about the proper size for the partitions "/" and "/ usr / local". I want to use most of the space for "/ home" partition, so I can keep my data when I upgrade to a newer version (right?)

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Slackware :: Buffalo 1 TB Usb Drive / Single Or Mult Partitions?

Dec 22, 2010

just got myself an external usb drive and I'm wondering if its more efficient to have a single partiton or multiple partition on it. Will only be storing music and backups here, also what filesystem would you recommend?

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Slackware :: Can't Change Permission Under Ntfs Mounted Partitions

Jul 25, 2011

the permission remains the same after changing it without any errors

# cat /etc/fstab


/dev/sda3 swap swap defaults 0 0
/dev/sda4 / ext4 defaults 1 1
/dev/sda1 /win/C ntfs-3g fmask=111,dmask=000 1 0


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Slackware :: Shared Partitions Between 13.1(32bit) And Current(64bit)

Jan 25, 2011

Looking for moral support and guidance. Currently have 13.1 running nicely with the following partitions:

/notlinux (my name for a storage partition when I want to start all over again)

I have decided to tinker with Slack64-current with multilibs. My intent is to shrink /notlinux an add a new partition for 64's / . Then dual boot the system.

/swap and /usr/local

I see no problem with mounting these partitions in Slack64. I would have two 'tgz' directories [ tgz & tgz64 ] in /usr/local where I would seperate SBo packages (for my benefit). Don't know what having separate /tmp directories would have on sbopkg but that's not a material issue. confirm I can share these partitions.


99 & 44/100 % sure if I changed/added my name from 'dad' to 'dad64' it would not be a problem sharing the /home directory. But what about keeping the same name/uid#, would things get fubared when I jump back and forth between 13.1 and current-64. Comments?


Think I might be getting into trouble here. Suspect pkgtool, installpkg, upgradepkg ... would all continue to work because /var/log/packages would actually have different names [_64] for the 'same' package. At a minimum I want to share the mysql database so might have to create this as its own partition. Other than it would be a mess reading log file would sharing this directory be a major issue.

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Slackware :: What Is Quickest And Safest Way To Backup Root & Home Partitions?

Jul 28, 2011

I would like to attempt creating a cron job to backup my root (/dev/sda1) & home (/dev/sda3) partitions to an external USB drive.I have been using Clonezilla to make image backups but, I have to physically do it, when I remember or have the time. I have never created a cron job, and worse, I have never created a .sh file which, I think, is what I need to do.

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Ubuntu :: How To Resize Lvm2 Partitions

Jan 7, 2011

I recently installed fedora on my system along with windows in a dual boot unfortunately, the fedora partition is too big and is taking 80% of my disk space. lvm2 volumes are not recognised by windows so i decided to shrink my fedora lvm2 partition and create a new fat32 partition to store common data. i tried gparted from my ubuntu 10.04 CD but it was unable to resize the partition can someone suggest to me a GUI tool which could do the the resizing of an lvm2 partition?

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Ubuntu Installation :: How To Resize Partitions

Jun 13, 2011

I'm dual booting Ubuntu with Windows7. Instructions I've found on how to resize partitions tell me to open gparted and shrink things from there. However, I can't seem to do this because:

-I can't expand the windows partition because i first need to shrink the linux partition
-I can't shrink the linux partition because it is mounted
-I can't unmount the linux partition because it is being used.

So how exactly do I expand my Windows partition?

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Debian :: How To Resize Partitions With LVM2?

Feb 20, 2010

Can someone help me understand by giving me the commands I need in order to shrink my "debian-home" logical volume by 10GBs and increase the size of my "debian-root" logical volume by that same 10GB of data? (Everything in that computer is ext4 including the /boot ... physical volume? (I think that's what it's called))I would REALLY appreciate it if someone could just give me the exact or approximate terminal commands that I would need to use. I assure you, I will never forget them

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Red Hat / Fedora :: Resize Partitions Without Use Of A Live Cd?

May 1, 2009

Is it possible? I have a server that's colocated so a live cd isn't really an option. Everything I can find on resizing the partitions has said to use a live cd.

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General :: Resize Partitions Ubuntu 11.04

Jun 1, 2011

I am currently running Ubuntu 11.04 (narwhal), dualbooting with Windows 7. When I installed ubuntu, i gave it a small(er) partition size for it to use (10gb total for swap and main partition). I now find I have run out of room on my Ubuntu partition, and want to (if possible) shrink down my Windows partioion and move some of that freed space to Ubuntu to expand it.I tried to use gParted from a live Ubuntu CD, but I can't seem to move any unused space into the Ubuntu partitions. Am i doing something wrong?

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General :: Unable To Resize Partitions

Apr 22, 2010

I have a dual boot system on my Laptop running Arch Linux and Windows XP. I have the following setup on my Laptop.

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General :: Gparted Wont Allow To Resize Partitions At All

Sep 20, 2010

I installed linux to my whole hard drive. I want to make it a little smaller to dual boot windows just for games. Gparted wont let me resize my partitions at all.

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Server :: How To Resize Software RAID Partitions?

Aug 24, 2009

Googling tells you how to resize RAID partitions but not how to resize the underlying disk partitions. In my particular case, I initially sized a RAID array way too large - and when I added another disk to the array, I decided I was wasting too much space.I shrunk the file system, then "grew" the array (/dev/md2) to the smaller size, and resized the file system again to fit. However the actual disk partitions (/dev/sda2, /dev/sdb2, etc.) are still the original size - they are just mostly unused space.As I understand it, the superblocks are at the end of the partition. I believe this means the end of space used by the array on each device, so that the superblock moved to a lower block number when I shrunk the array. However it also means that I need to get the new physical partition size correct to avoid clobbering the superblock.

Is there an easy way to get any partition editor to shrink the physical partitions to the new array size?If not, is the superblock included in the space allocated to the array so that the next partition can start in the very next block, or is it added after the array so I'd need to allow some space for it?

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Ubuntu :: Resize Partitions - Thought Knew Not Working?

Jan 21, 2010

My ubuntu partition is tiny (~9 GB, ~5 free) and my vista partition is big (~100 GB, ~60 free). I need to reverse this (so I can move all my documents and music (~40 GB) over to the ubuntu portion from the external HD they're on now). I'm using karmic. I installed gparted, but I couldn't figure out how to make it let me access the resize option.

So I booted with the karmic live CD and used gparted there. It let me set up the shrink on the vista partition, but gave me an error in actual running (I'll post the error details at the bottom).

The error details seem to be saying that I should try shrinking it less? But I was already leaving more than 10 GB free space there, no? Does anyone know how to help me past this sticking point here? This is one of the vital steps for me in switching over to using ubuntu as my main OS, and hopefully leaving vista behind.


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Jan 6, 2011

I am running a dual boot with XP and Ubuntu - what I want to do is increase the partition size of Ubuntu and reduce XP. When I run " G Parted" it shows both partitions with Xp being NTFS. I guess the boot loader is Grub because Ubuntu takes priority at Boot. I cannot persuade G Parted to allow me to resize the two different partitions. I am using the G Parted Live CD.

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Ubuntu :: After Partitions Resize Grub Cannot Boot Win7

Apr 22, 2011

I've resized partitions with some program - perhaps even gparted - but from Win7. partitions are indeed resized, but now I can't boot Win7, grub says:
"No such device found - No such partition found".
I tried to use some advices on similar problems I found here (like adding GRUB_PRELOAD_MODULES="part_msdos" to etc/default/grub and running grub-mkconfig after), but nothing helped. I guess I could restore win7 with installation dvd but I want to fix GRUB (and have both ubuntu 10.10 and win7)

john@john:~$ sudo fdisk -l
[sudo] password for john:
Disk /dev/sda: 82.0 GB, 81964302336 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 9964 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
Disk identifier: 0xd576590b

Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/sda1 1 789 6336513 f W95 Ext'd (LBA)
Partition 1 does not end on cylinder boundary.
/dev/sda2 * 1476 4008 20346322+ 7 HPFS/NTFS
/dev/sda3 4009 9964 47841570 7 HPFS/NTFS
/dev/sda5 1 749 6008832 83 Linux
/dev/sda6 749 789 326656 82 Linux swap / Solaris

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Sep 1, 2010

Can someone help me to make a shell script to resize automatically the NTFS partitions of my disk ?

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Ubuntu :: Install Mint, But It Cannot Detect Existing Partitions?

Nov 26, 2010

I want to install Linux Mint, but it cannot detect my existing partitions.I have a 500GB HDD, splitted in three partitions, on c: having a Win7 installed, and on d: and e: a lot of personal data.I tried to install Linux Mint, but the installer says there is no other OS installed and there is no any partition at all. I run the Linux Mint in live mode, Gparted says: "unallocated 465.76GiB". But when I go to Menu -> Computer then I can see each and every partition, I can mount them and browse them properly.I tried Ubuntu 10.04 and 10.10 with the same result as described above.

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