New partition for SolydK

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New partition for SolydK

Postby palimmo » 10 Jan 2016 01:14

Hi.
I have a partition in my HD, sda3, supposed to be a recovery partition created by Packard Bell.
Well, in more than 6 years, I have never used it in my 3 OSs system (Linux, Linux, Win) and I'm pretty sure I won't do that.
--postEDIT: sda3 is the windows7 partition.

Can I go on, use this space to create a new partition and give more space to one of my linux os? :D
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~ $ inxi -Fzx
System:    Host: alessio-laptop Kernel: 4.1.0-0.bpo.1-amd64 x86_64 (64 bit gcc: 4.9.2) 
           Desktop: KDE 4.14.2 (Qt 4.8.6) Distro: SolydXK 8 solydxk 
Machine:   System: Packard Bell product: EasyNote TJ65 v: 0100
           Mobo: Packard Bell model: SJV50MV v: Rev Bios: Phoenix v: V1.28 date: 10/06/2009
CPU:       Dual core Pentium T4300 (-MCP-) cache: 1024 KB
           flags: (lm nx sse sse2 sse3 ssse3) bmips: 8379 
           Clock Speeds: 1: 2100 MHz 2: 1600 MHz
Graphics:  Card: NVIDIA G98M [GeForce G 105M] bus-ID: 01:00.0
           Display Server: X.Org 1.16.4 driver: nvidia Resolution: 1366x768@59.97hz
           GLX Renderer: GeForce G 105M/PCIe/SSE2
           GLX Version: 3.3.0 NVIDIA 340.96 Direct Rendering: Yes
Audio:     Card Intel 82801I (ICH9 Family) HD Audio Controller 
           driver: snd_hda_intel bus-ID: 00:1b.0 
           Sound: Advanced Linux Sound Architecture v: k4.1.0-0.bpo.1-amd64
Network:   Card-1: Qualcomm Atheros AR928X Wireless Network Adapter (PCI-Express)
           driver: ath9k bus-ID: 03:00.0
           IF: wlan0 state: up mac: <filter>
           Card-2: Broadcom NetLink BCM5784M Gigabit Ethernet PCIe
           driver: tg3 v: 3.137 bus-ID: 02:00.0
           IF: eth1 state: down mac: <filter>
Drives:    HDD Total Size: 320.1GB (56.2% used) ID-1: /dev/sda model: WDC_WD3200BEVT size: 320.1GB
Partition: ID-1: / size: 12G used: 9.2G (87%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/sda5 
           ID-2: swap-1 size: 4.25GB used: 0.00GB (0%) fs: swap dev: /dev/sda7 
Sensors:   System Temperatures: cpu: 52.0C mobo: 52.0C gpu: 0.0:53C 
           Fan Speeds (in rpm): cpu: N/A 
Info:      Processes: 164 Uptime: 4:30 Memory: 1305.3/3952.6MB 
           Init: systemd runlevel: 5 Gcc sys: 4.9.2 Client: Shell (bash 4.3.301) inxi: 2.1.28 
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Re: New partition for SolydK

Postby ilu » 10 Jan 2016 01:20

Do you know what's on sda1 and sda2?

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Re: New partition for SolydK

Postby palimmo » 10 Jan 2016 01:50

ilu wrote:Do you know what's on sda1 and sda2?
I suppose some other rescue/recovery tools. Never used...
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Re: New partition for SolydK

Postby kurotsugi » 10 Jan 2016 05:50

You can use that partition by reformat it into something readable on linux (preferably ext4), then mount it to your system using fstab entry. I'd suggest to mount it somewhere under your /home directory since it's easier. Technically you can mount it anywhere under root (/) but there'll some additional step to do that.

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Re: New partition for SolydK

Postby Nuke » 10 Jan 2016 12:04

So where is Windows? Are you sure that sda3 isn't Windows?

I wonder too why sda6 is a FAT partition, is that Windows data? Even if so, I'd have expected it to be ntfs.

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Re: New partition for SolydK

Postby ilu » 10 Jan 2016 13:16

The system restore partition is definitely sda1. You can check that with a i-net search.
sda2 is probably needed for boot (EFI?).
So better make sure that sda3 is not windows. If windows is installed I don't know where else that could be since windows needs a primary partition.

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Re: New partition for SolydK

Postby palimmo » 10 Jan 2016 18:04

Shame on me! :oops:
sda3 is windows.. so I cannot erase its content. While sda6 (fat32) is where I store most of my data.

That means that theoretically I have only to make sure if I can use and if I still need sda1 and sda2 (boot flag).
sda1 I suppose is the only recovery partition I could erase and somehow use.
What do you think?

Note: this laptop is a not UEFI system.
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Re: New partition for SolydK

Postby kurotsugi » 11 Jan 2016 16:55

Since you decided to keep windows the best choice would be keep the partition intact.

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Re: New partition for SolydK

Postby ilu » 11 Jan 2016 18:58

You could maybe delete sda1 but that would mean that in case of a Windows failure you will have problems to reinstall it. 8 GB won't help you very much anyway. I would not risk the trouble if it's not urgent.

But if you are short on HD space and otherwise would need a bigger disk you will lose the restore data on sda1 anyway. So maybe the best option is to burn those Windows recovery DVDs (for more info "google" PQSERVICE). After a thorough backup you could try reformatting sda1. Or, even better, say goodbye to Windows. :mrgreen: That would yield 38 GB.


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