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[Bug-parted] Couple of questions on using partted

From: Shawn Kwang
Subject: [Bug-parted] Couple of questions on using partted
Date: Mon, 18 Sep 2000 19:25:49 -0400 (EDT)


I just subscribed to this list to ask a couple of questions:

First, before I begin, I guess I should mention what context these
questions are in.  I have two hard-drives:
hda 12GBytes: 1 partition-  hda1 (primary) : FAT  : Windows w/ MBR
hdc  2GBytes: 3 partitions- hdc1 (primary) : ext2 : /boot
                            hdc2 (primary) : ext2 : swap-linux
                            hdc3 (primary) : ext2 : Linux

I want to reduce hda1 (FAT partition) to ~4 GB and re-partition the rest
of hda into another Linux partition (ext2).

Here are my questions:

1)  Do you have to de-fragment the FAT partition before resizing it?  This
is necessary with other programs (like fips).  I would image it is
necessary but it was not mentioned in the documentation.  Perhaps someone
should write a quick blurb saying whether or not you have to, since it is
pretty important (if de-fragmenting is necessary).

2)  When creating the new Linux parition, it becomes a logical drive,
correct?  And therefore is given the designation hda5?

3)  How do I find out if a partition is already hidden or not?  Or do I
not need to care?

Thanks in advance,
Shawn Kwang

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