Solved

Resizing the main reiserfs partition after install

Posted on 2004-03-25
5
358 Views
Last Modified: 2013-12-15
Folks,

I recently installed Xandros 2.0D onto a virgin hard disk, and chose the express install which took the max amount of space for the main reiserFS partition.

I now need to add a Win98 partition, and it's proving trickier than I thought.

I can't use Xandros's own QTPartEd, because I can't resize the partition the OS is running from. I tried running Mepis from CD, but that distro doesn't support ReiserFS. I've just tried Knoppix, which may support ReiserFS, but which doesn't give me the opportunity to log on as root, so QTPartEd doesn't see the drive.

I really don't want to have to go down the Partition Magic/Acronis OS route. And the only other solution that's been suggested - http://www.linux-mag.com/2003-07/guru_01.html involves far more console & compiling than this Linux newbie can cope with.

Can anyone suggest a way of doing this, please?
0
Comment
Question by:dramaqueen
5 Comments
 
LVL 9

Accepted Solution

by:
Alf666 earned 500 total points
ID: 10677589
You have to boot on another system. You won't be able to resize your root fs "online".

If you have a "rescue mode" on your Xandros CD, you should try to reboot using it.
Then, the simplest way is using resize_reiserfs -500M /dev/hda for example.

Once done, you'll have to use fdisk. BE CAREFUL. You'll have to write down all the cylinders parameters from your partition.
Delete it, and recreate a new one with the new size. This is to update the partition table on the disk.

0
 

Expert Comment

by:stromberg10
ID: 12153985
I don't think you can rezise your parition without som serious dataloss. What i have read reiserfs can't be rezised. But i may have wrong. But if i was you i had make som backup of the data on your computer.
0

Featured Post

Is Your Active Directory as Secure as You Think?

More than 75% of all records are compromised because of the loss or theft of a privileged credential. Experts have been exploring Active Directory infrastructure to identify key threats and establish best practices for keeping data safe. Attend this month’s webinar to learn more.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

If you use Debian 6 Squeeze and you are tired of looking at the childish graphical GDM login screen that is used by default, here's an easy way to change it. If you've already tried to change it you've probably discovered that none of the old met…
Linux users are sometimes dumbfounded by the severe lack of documentation on a topic. Sometimes, the documentation is copious, but other times, you end up with some obscure "it varies depending on your distribution" over and over when searching for …
Learn how to navigate the file tree with the shell. Use pwd to print the current working directory: Use ls to list a directory's contents: Use cd to change to a new directory: Use wildcards instead of typing out long directory names: Use ../ to move…
Connecting to an Amazon Linux EC2 Instance from Windows Using PuTTY.

911 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question

Need Help in Real-Time?

Connect with top rated Experts

23 Experts available now in Live!

Get 1:1 Help Now