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    Is it possible to merge two partitions


    Because I am low on hardrive space which is about 70mb and want to upgrade to KDE 3.4 and I don't want to mess up my windows installation

    These are the two I want to merge
    /dev/hda5 /mount/dev/hda5/mnt/1GB_native reiserfs auto,acl,user_xattr 1 2
    into
    /dev/hda7 / reiserfs acl,user_xattr 1 1
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    The only way I know how to merge 2 partitions, would be to delete them, and then make one out of the two.
    There might be a better way, but I don't know what it is.

    But, if you have data on either one, there goes your data.
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    i believe so, I did it in YaST once when I sliced off 10GB from my XP partition to give to linux

    go to YaST >> partitioning, then try deleteing the extra partition, then adding that much space onto your SuSE part.

    if this is wrong, someone correct me quick, I don't want to screw up cheetaman's hard drive

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    Here is what Gay R0b0t from http://www.linuxquestions.org/ said

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    /dev/hda7 is where the main partitioin where suse is stored

    His

    so?
    we can't do any of this from inside suse anyway. you'll need a livecd (ie knoppix) to do it easiest.

    will the data in hda7 fit inside the remaining space on hda5 and hda6 (assuming we make hda6 into a usable partition)?

    the best way to find this out will be to open a shell (eg Konsole) and type:

    code:df


    Then tell me the results to "df" so that i can better help you.

    edit:
    forgot to mention, we will make hda5 the primary partition. By this i mean that we will keep the same directory structure as before so that "/" which is hda7 will be the lowest directory on hda5, and move all the data in hda5 to its mount point when it is all mounted in a running system. we can do this by making this folder in hda5 "/mount/dev/hda5/mnt/1GB_native" (or whatever its mount point is - df will tell you) and moving everything in hda5 to that folder. This means that hda5 will resemble how the file system looks on a system with both hda5 and hda7 mounted, but without all the data thats on hda7 (we will then want to move all of that into hda5 from hda7)

    tell me which bits don't make sense, i know most of it doesn't. got a broken finger so re-typing it will take ages.

    Also Will my windows installation be hurt by this and my suse installation
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