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    Question hard drive and software space


    The mandriva software installer only wants to install on the main partition but it only has 4.6 gb left. my other partitions are huge. how do i get the software to install on the user drive where all the space is located. when i installed linux i let it decide my partitions and it made that one so small. what should i do. Bower Thanks alot all who respond.

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    I suggest you resize partitions using something like the PartedMagic CD. Backup user data before resizing partitions. If you have an Ubuntu live CD you could use Gparted on that instead to do the partition resize.

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    Parted Magic

    the partition is not able to be resized in the program. the partition is only 7.7 gb and alll the others are alot larger. yet this is where mandriva insists on installing everything i want to install. any other ideas out there? Bower

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    Can you post the output of
    Code:
    fdisk -l
    so we can see the disk partition structure.

    The output of
    Code:
    df -h
    may also be useful.

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    results

    Here is the results of the 2 commands



    fdisk -l

    Disk /dev/hda: 160.0 GB, 160041885696 bytes
    255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 19457 cylinders
    Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
    Disk identifier: 0x000d469a

    Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
    /dev/hda1 * 1 12748 102398278+ 7 HPFS/NTFS
    /dev/hda2 12749 19456 53882010 f W95 Ext'd (LBA)
    /dev/hda5 12749 19456 53881978+ 7 HPFS/NTFS

    Disk /dev/hdb: 203.9 GB, 203928109056 bytes
    255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 24792 cylinders
    Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
    Disk identifier: 0xbac2bac2

    Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
    /dev/hdb1 * 1 1019 8185086 83 Linux
    /dev/hdb2 1020 24792 190956622+ 5 Extended
    /dev/hdb5 1020 1528 4088511 82 Linux swap / Solaris
    /dev/hdb6 1529 24792 186868048+ 83 Linux
    [root@localhost travis]#






    host travis]# df -h
    Filesystem Size Used Avail Use% Mounted on
    /dev/hdb1 7.7G 3.0G 4.4G 41% /
    /dev/hdb6 176G 752M 175G 1% /home
    /dev/hda1 98G 29G 69G 30% /media/hd
    /dev/hda5 52G 68M 52G 1% /media/hd2

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    OK it looks like you have Linux installed on hdb. In order for you to increase the size of hdb1 you will need to resize and move hdb6 to the end of the drive, move hdb5 next to hdb6 to free space at the beginning of the extended partition hdb2 which you should then be able to resize to free disk space next to hdb1.

    You should be able to do all these things booting from the PartedMagic CD.

    Let us know how it goes.

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    Is it possible?

    Is it possible for forlay this and just tell linux where to auto install software? I am a newbie and well this sounds kinda difficult for me to attempt on my own. Bower:drown:

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    The process is quite straight forward ... the only reason things did not work quite how you expected was the extended partition. Sticking with standard installation directories and resizing the root partition is likely to be much easier, and I think a better solution for you. The GUI is easy to use, and I have used gparted quite a few times in the past to resize partitions including extended partitions without problems. You should be able to find lots of examples using gparted on the web as well

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    something different

    i have two main partitions boot and one other. inside the second partitions is a couple more. 1 a undefined open space ready to format and make as a new drive but it is still part of the 2nd partition. everything wants to install my boot partition. is there not a way to get mandriva to install other than in boot? i have been messing around with parted magic and came up empty handed. bower

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    Unless you have changed your disk partition structure since last time you posted it then you have
    |--------- disk hda ------ first hard drive -------|
    | hda 1 (ntfs) | hda2 (an extended partition) | these are primary partitions
    | ----------------| hda5 (ntfs) -------------------- | a logical partition


    |-------- disk hdb -------- second hard drive -----|
    | hdb1 (linux) | hdb2 (an extended partition) -- | these are primary partitions
    |-----------------| hdb5 (swap) | hdb6 (linux) ---- | logical partitions

    With hdb1 being used as root /
    and hdb6 being used as /home

    Ed: post #6 gives instructions for the resizing operation - what you are doing is ...
    make hdb6 smaller, make hdb5 smaller, move them as far to the right as you can
    then make hdb2 smaller and increase the size of hdb1.

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