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I have a TI Extensa 560CD notebook computer with an 810MB hard drive.  I intended to install OpenLinux on it, so I partitioned the drive in MS-DOS.  I have a PRI-DOS partition with 116MB on it, where my DOS directory resides.  I also have an EXT-DOS (extended DOS) directory with 614MB on it. I can access the D drive sure 'nuff, but can't seem to do anything with it.  Do I insert the intallation CD-ROM that is my OpenLinux software and try to install from there? How can I get my EXT-DOS space back if I decide to install Linux on a different computer?  Would apprecite any help offered!! Thanks very much!!
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rodeomscl...

There is no way to get back that parition joined to the first one without performing another FDISK and create a FULL single partition.

Programs like Partition Magic would help to RESIZE them but not join them.

Sorry!
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magigraf,
Perhaps I wasn't as thorough in my question as I should have been.  I tried to fdisk again and am not able to do so because the DOS command "fdisk" is located in my PRI-DOS partition (primary DOS) and you cannot create another primary partition within a primary partition
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rodeomscl...

What are we dealing with DOS or WIN95??
Do you have your DOS installation disk (in case of DOS)?
Do you have your WIN95 CD-Rom or disks (in case of win95)?

And do not reject the answer yet, I will get you out of the problem if you give me the chance to.  If not reject my answer, it's simple.
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By the way you can't fisk using the FDISK command from your hard drive (just for displaying the partitions) yes, but to actually use it you have to use it from your floppy.

We will get to that when you post you feedback.
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majigraf,
This system of grading is difficult to understand.  They expect you to grade without trying the suggested solution to the problem.  Please don't take this as a rejection of your answer/attempt to solve my problem.  I will try fdisk from a floppy diskette and upgrade the grade should things workout, or post additional comments to help you aid me in my search for a solution.
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rodeomscl
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rodeomscl...

Don't worry about grading right now, I have one goal: Get you going.  So post any questions you want in this regard
Have a good day!
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