Partitioning for Linux
Posted on 1997-06-16
I am having trouble partitioning my hard drive for Linux.
I have a Western Digital 2.1 gig EIDE drive in a AMD 5x85 133 PC with an IDE CD ROM and 3.5 " 1.44 floppy 24 Meg memory.
Note, when I installed the 2.1 gig hard drive, to replace a
failed 540 Meg drive, my plan was to divide the drive between Win95 and Linux. Since I had read that Linux might have problems booting if loaded in a partition that started above 1024, I set up Win95 drive C at the beginning of the drive and the Extended DOS partition (drive D) at the end, leaving the middle available for Linux. I can successfully create a Linux swap partition and a Linux native partition. My question is, how can I set up the 902 meg section in the middle with a Linux swap partition, and two native partitions, one for root and one for everything else?
DOS FDISK information
Part. type Mbytes ------- Usage ID size
1 A Pri DOS 504 FAT 13 25% C 528,482,304
2 Non DOS 902 45% 945,815,552
3 Ext DOS 606 30% D 635,437,056
Linux Fdisk information
beg start end blocks ID system
/dev/hda1 1 1 256 516,064+ 6 DOS 16-bit>=32
/dev/hda3 715 715 1022 620,928 5 Extended
/dev/hda5 715 715 1022 620,896 6 DOS
Linux verify reports 1850812 unallocated sectors
I assume the 1,850,812 sectors lie in the area between 257
at this point if I try to create a new logical partition Linux Fdisk reports "no free sectors" when I specify a 'l'
as the partition type.
I then sucessfully allocate a primary 96 Meg swap partition and a 75 Meg primary Linux native partition.
If it would be helpful, I can supply a partition map from
Linux Fdisk at this point.
I then try to alloc another primary partition and the system responds "No free sectors", if I try to alloc a logical partition I also get "No free sectors"
if I use the Verify command I get 1,495,996 unallocated sectors.