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    Creating new disk partitions ?

    I have mandrake 9.1 installed on hdb.
    hda is entirely windows xp apart from the bootloader.
    Both hard drives are 80 gig.
    I have a lot of unused capacity on hdb (about 90%) Most of which is at hdb6.
    I want to use some of the spare part of hdb6 to create a new partition which i want to format as fat32 so that i can read and write files between both linux and winxp.
    I don't wish to destroy any of the data on the hdb6 sector in the process. How do i go about this?

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    There is a utility in Linux distros called cfdisk. You need to open a Linux shell to use this, and you must be root

    The potential for screwing this up is huge if you haven't used it before. It's an ncurses (text based) front end and I *think* it can handle fat32. Please back up your data before even thinking about doing anything with this

    If you prefer a more gui approach is recommended. I've never booted Linux from XP, so there may be a range of other issues for you to deal with. As long as Windows is on the master hd then you should be able to pull this off
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    you do however need to note that if you just run
    it will default to partition /dev/hda

    If it's not hda u want to partition, you need to add the device u wamma partition after the cfdisk command, like if i need to partition my hdc i do:

    cfdisk /dev/hdc
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