Re: RPM Support for FSes (was Re: [partman] Re: RPM & NTFS - Can we get the authoritative answers please?)
- I've only worked with FAT32, EXT2 and Linux Swap
partitions, but from my experience RPM handles
resizing support for FAT32 partitions well. Whenever
I've had to resize a FAT32 on my comp I just run
Windows Disk Defragmenter (and uncheck the
Rearrange...), then boot to RPM, resize the partition
and the boot sector settings, restart to Windows and
run Scandisk. Everything works fine as far as I can
tell. NOTE: This is always done with Windows ME since
that's the only Windows I have on my computer (for
now). I've come across posts that say otherwise, and
so it could be that only the WinME Disk Defragmenter
fully defragments the partition (including hidden
--- Jonathan Malinoski <dos_user@...> wrote:
I finally have time to sit down and write a comment
after lurking for a
To my knowledge, RPM *supports* all partition types.
This doesn't mean the
ability to mold all types the way you want, eg.
resizing etcetera. Support
in this case is defined by the ability of RPM to
recognize that the
partition is NTFS instead of just an UNKNOWN in FDISK.
Caps because i'm
referring to the DOS ver. RPM does not have complete
support of any
partition type if by support we mean complete control
of a partion. I do
not know the specifics on filesystems so i can't
really say anything on
whether resizing FAT parts and then a scandisk
finalizes the change or not,
and i do not have another system to try it on at the
For resizing NTFS, i believe Ghost will write copied
partitions back to
smaller partitions that you've created. And for
FAT32/16 there is Zeleps
Partition Resizer which has helped me out a number of
times. And then there
is the ever mighty Partion Magic, which does it all
but decides to not let
me touch anything when i've set my partitions up a
certain way with RPM (i
think it was a cyl boundry prob or similar.) Always
helps to have a second
hard drive lying around too.
Hope this is accurate and helps fix some confusion (or
add to it :oP ).
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--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "britonusa" <britonusa@y...> wrote:
> should not attempt to use RPM to resize NTFS partitions
definitely correct!!! but you can resize...
I've re-sized NTFS in NT4 (haven't tried 2000 or XP).
Simply use GHOST to copy the partition between machines/partitions
with different partition sizes. GHOST is smart enough to keep data
integrity. NT4 on the first boot will notice something fishy and run
a SCANDISK to correct checksums. You're home free after that first
boot. (Of course you may need to delete files and defrag when going
to a smaller parition.)