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Re: [LUG] A sorry disc tale
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On Sunday 11 August 2002 11:53 am, Kai Hendry wrote:
On Sat, Aug 10, 2002 at 09:33:17PM +0100, Neil Williams wrote:
Easy I thought. Scandisk and defrag the M$ FAT32, load Mandrake 8.1 and
diskdrake, shave 3Gb off the FAT and reboot.
I would not have bothered with the scandisk or defrag. :)
With M$ habit of spreading bits of files like confetti, I've found defrag
useful in getting a useful figure for the extent of the fs. As it was, a few
read only files confused the issue and meant I was only offered the 3Gb I
needed instead of the 6Gb that was actually there.
If M$ is on hda1 and Mandrake on hda3 (hda4 as swap), what happens if I
slap a 3Gb partition IN THE MIDDLE! Oops.
print your partition with a program with "parted".
I get a kernel panic, that's what happens. Failed at 03:03
I doubt a fault of the kernel. ;)
Of course not, it was my fault, as I described later, for not completing the
process before the reboot.
If I hadn't found an old boot floppy, would there have been any way of
mounting what was hda3 across the network? It turned out to be denoted as
Across the network? You can't mount a drive through the network without
a running machine listening for connections etc. etc. etc.
Maybe a network of IDE cables.
Turns out that a dual-boot machine is handy here. If I can get the rescue CD
to mount hda3 AND hda1, I can tarball data across to the local partition and
from there across the network. The bare rescue system doesn't enable any of
the networking protocols, so there wasn't a way of any machine on the network
communicating with the sick rescue system directly.
Another visit to the boot floppy to remove the line for /dev/hda3, start
the system, back into diskdrake to format the new 3Gb partition, and it
can be mounted properly!
You can format with parted I think too. Or mkfs.ext3 or something like
I'm trying to avoid that - I need some of the data on that sick hda3!
EXISTING swap partition (now hda7) or do I have to do more fiddling with
diskdrake and create another swap partition? After all, only one Linux
distro will be running at a time.
Try it, I should think it would work fine.
Will do. Slackware, here I come!
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