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Old 25th February 2006, 05:23 AM
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Problem when trying to resize an extended partition

I'm new to FC4 and I really need help, it's been 2 days that I'm stuck on this...
Here is my problem, I have an Acer 8104 laptop and I am running out of space in my windows partition (FAT32), so I want to resize the linux partition (ext3) and create a new one (FAT32) after the linux partition. The most important thing is that I want to keep all my data and don't want to re-install FC4, I had so much troubled installing it I don't want to experience it again (especially with the screen resolution, plus my wireless is not yet working).
I want create a partition after the linux partition because I think we can't modify the starting point of an ext3 partition, and I think it will mess up the dual booting. But if you have another solution I'll be glad to know it.

fdisk -l gives:
Disk /dev/sda: 100.0 GB, 100030242816 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 12161 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes

   Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
/dev/sda1                1         383     3076416   12  Compaq diagnostics
/dev/sda2   *         384        6258    47190937+   c  W95 FAT32 (LBA)
/dev/sda3            6259       12161    47415847+   f  W95 Ext'd (LBA)
/dev/sda5            6259       12161    47415816   83  Linux

My linux partition is an extended partition because when I installed Fedora I had really no clue of what I did!

What I tried: booting with a knoppix live cd, unmount /dev/sda3 and /dev/sda5, launch qtparted. As I can't resize the /dev/sda5 partition I click the resize button for the /dev/sda3 partition... And when I click ok, the chart does not change: no free space is created after the extended partition, it stays like It was. Anyway, I commit and then it says operation successful and as expected nothing change, the hard drive has still the same partitions.
What is odd is that when I resize the Windows partition it updates the chart with a free space.

The kernel version is 2.6.15
I'll appreciate help on this , thanks


Last edited by francky; 25th February 2006 at 05:28 AM. Reason: more clarity
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Old 25th February 2006, 04:59 PM
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Please, I know someone can help me.... I'm quite desperate!

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