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How to expand linux partition?

I want to delete Win NT from its partition and give this partition to linux. Is it possible to do this without causing linux problem?

Win NT is installed in /dev/hdb1 and its partition type is FAT32. /dev/hda is FAT32.
Linux /root is in /dev/hdb5.

Linux loader is in Master boot record.

Another question:
If I want to sell my computer and buy a new one, how hard is it to migrate linux from one disk to another one without changing the setting of the hardware much? Is it possible to do this?


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kartebiCommented:
Its easy for you to delete the NT partition without causing no problems to Linux.
You can use Linux or dos fdisk in order to delete the fat32 partition.(i suggest use the linux fdisk)
Then create a partition (Linux native,ext2) using linux fdisk.Then ,in linux, format it.Then add a line to "etc/fstab" like this:
/dev/hdb1  /mnt ext2
in order to automaticaly mount /dev/hdb1 to /mnt every time the linux boots.You can choose whatever directory you want.
About the second question:
If you want to "copy" your excisting Linux to another hard disk, i don't think its possible.
If you use the old hard disk to the new computer its possible to do it without much trouble.Before "migrating" the hard disk make sure to use an "ordinary" kernel configuration, just like the kernel used when you install linux.Then you can boot your new computer without much trouble.After that:
"Enjoy!!!!!!"
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screwdriverAuthor Commented:
If I have a partition magic 5.0, can I delete the nt partition and regrow the linux partition (for example, the /usr or /home) partition without causing problem?
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kartebiCommented:
I'm not sure but i think its possible.
(i have used a demo version of partition magic once)
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kartebiCommented:
But be carefull doing that because your linux is installed on logical partitions
and i'm not sure what you can do in that case.Give me a full list of your partitions so that i can think better.
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screwdriverAuthor Commented:
I am not sure if this format looks ok on the screen....

Disk /dev/hda: 15 heads, 56 sectors, 989 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 840 * 512 bytes

   Device Boot    Start       End    Blocks   Id  System
/dev/hda1   *         1       989    415352    6  FAT16

Disk /dev/hdb: 64 heads, 63 sectors, 787 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 4032 * 512 bytes

   Device Boot    Start       End    Blocks   Id  System
/dev/hdb1   *         1       279    562432+   6  FAT16
/dev/hdb2           280       787   1024128    5  Extended
/dev/hdb5           755       787     66496+  82  Linux swap
/dev/hdb6           723       748     52384+  83  Linux
/dev/hdb7           280       696    840609   83  Linux
/dev/hdb8           697       722     52384+  83  Linux
/dev/hdb9           749       754     12064+  83  Linux
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screwdriverAuthor Commented:
thanks! I just tried with fdisk, then mke2fs, and mount the new partition to /opt
Finally I'm 100% Microsoft free :)
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kartebiCommented:
ok good!
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