Re: [linux-dell-laptops] Partitioning issues
- jan.glaescher@... wrote:
> However, as I already have a WinME partition which is /dev/hda1 (or
> drive C:) I used the PHDISK utility by DELL to create an S2D partition
> as /dev/hda4.
I don't know wether I8100 has another spec as I8000. But DELL says
(http://supprot.dell.com) the utility you need for I8000 is D5788807.exe
and not phdisk as you wrote!!! This utility creates a boot disk, which
creates s2d partition on your harddisk. I used it successfully.
The steps I did:
1. Create s2d disk from the utility above.
2. Delete all partitions
3. Boot from s2d disk and create s2d partition
4. Boot a linux boot disk and create further partitions with linux fdisk
The order I have:
/dev/hda1 s2d (hidden c:)
/dev/hda2 Windows ME
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- Hi Jan,
I just got an Inspiron 8100, too, and I wonder wether you were
successful with the repartitioning. Could you still do suspend to disc
I would like to learn how the whole process works, and you mention a
FAQ by Steve. Where can I find it?
One thing in particular I don't understand is the following: Why does
a second partion have to be created, if there is only one on my I8K1
as I got it from Dell. (at least with fdisk I can only find one.)
--- In linux-dell-laptops@y..., jan.glaescher@g... wrote:
> OK, I found a way that works for me and I want to supply this
> information for those who encounter similar problems ...
> A reordering of partitions can be accomplished through Linux's fdisk
> (expert mode, "fix order of partition table"). This operation
> reorders the partitions according to their position on the disk. It
> preserves all partition boundaries. (This could not be accomplished
> through deletition and recreation of partitions, as I
> mentioned in the original posting)
> So to summarize the procedure:
> Problem: Windows occupies the only partition on the disk and you
> to have your hibernation partition as /dev/hda1 starting cyl1.
> (1) Scan your disk and defrag the Windown partition. Then resize it
> as desired and create some space in front of it (This new slot which
> starts at cyl1 will later contain the hibernation partition; the
> should be RAM+VideoRAM+some extra (4MB).
> (2) Create a temporary FAT32 partition with all the space BEHIND the
> Windows partition. This forces phdisk to put its hibernation
> partition in the slot at the beginning of the disk
> (3) Use the appropriate tool to create the hibernation partition
> (phdisk seem to work with the i8.1k)
> (4) Delete the temporary FAT32 partition. Now you should have your
> Windows partition as /dev/hda1 and your hibernation partition as
> /dev/hda2 and a large chunk of unallocated space behind the Windows
> (5) Boot into Linux (I used SuSE's rescue system) and change the
> of the partitions via Linux's fdisk (expert mode, command "f"). Now
> you should have your hibernation partition as /dev/hda1 staring cyl1
> and your Windows partition as /dev/hda2 right behind it, just where
> they should be according to Steve's FAQ. Be sure to keep the active
> flag on the Windows partition.
> (6) Check that Windows is still able to boot and go about installing
> Thanks for the quick replies last night.
> --- In linux-dell-laptops@y..., jan.glaescher@g... wrote:
> > Hi all,
> > I just got a new i8100 --- great machine as it seems on the first
> > glance. Now I am down to partitioning the drive and I need some
> > ...
> > I used Partition Magic 7 to change the WinME partition and moved
> > back a little bit to create some space for an S2D partition as
> > /dev/hda1 as it was strongy recommend in the brilliant FAQ by
> > (Thanks very much for putting all that information together!!!)
> > I decided to use PM7 despite all the objections that have been
> > because to me it seems that fips only creates new partitions at
> > back of an existing one and is also not able to move partitions
> > around.
> > However, as I already have a WinME partition which is /dev/hda1
> > drive C:) I used the PHDISK utility by DELL to create an S2D
> > as /dev/hda4.
> > (It first created it at the very far end of the disk, but I forced
> > into the slot at that I reserved for the S2D partition at the
> > beginning ot the disk by temporarily creating a FAT32 partition
> > the rest of the disk --- the PHDISK wil put it's partition in the
> > remaining slot)
> > Now the question:
> > -----------------
> > Does anyone in the group know, how to change the order of the
> > partitions (or drive letters repsectively)?
> > Here is what I came up with:
> > (1) I could format the S2D partition temporarily as FAT32 (which
> > then assigned the letter D:) and use PM7's drive mapper to remap
> > D: and vice versa. Then, use Linux fdisk to change the type of
> > S2D partition type back to a0 (IBM Thinkpad hibernation). Does
> > anybody have experience with this? Will WinME be still able to
> > (Because I am trying to avoid all the hassles of reinstalling
> > again)
> > (2) I could write down the partition boundaries ofthe WinME
> > and then delete it with Linux fdisk (so that there is NO partition
> > left on the drive). Then create the S2D partition first
> > with the type a0 and then in a second step recreate the WinME
> > partition with the same boundaries as before (=/dev/hda2 now).
> > the question: Does anybody have experience with this, especially
> > booting WinME is still possible after the deletion and recreation
> > Fat32 (LBA) partition?
> > Thanks or your suggestions,
> > Jan