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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 ...
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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 http://www.debian.org/releases/stable/i386/cfdisk.txt

    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 http://qtparted.sourceforge.net 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
    Code:
    cfdisk
    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:

    Code:
    cfdisk /dev/hdc
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