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Re: partition alignment problem

From: Aseem Agarwala
Subject: Re: partition alignment problem
Date: Mon, 07 Oct 2002 11:26:56 -0700
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Sorry; I've done more research and what I'm trying to do doesn't make sense. I can't make a logical partition unless it is in an extended partition, and there are already 4 primary partitions so I can't make another primary. So, more surgery is required (I plan to move the fat32 to the end, create another fat32 primary partition also at the end, and re-install linux with 1 primary boot partition and 1 extended for everything else).

My ignorance aside, it might be better if Parted said something when users try to do something stupid; but of course, this is not commercial software so I understand how idiot-proofing may not be the first priority.


Aseem Agarwala wrote:
Hello. I am running a dual boot RedHat 7.3 and Win XP Dell inspiron 4000. My kernel is 2.4.18-4.

I tried to use Parted 1.6.3 to transfer space from Linux to Windows (sorry). I used boot disks and successfully shrunk the ext3 partition by about 5 GB. This left 5 GB unallocated at the end of my hard drive. Unfortunately, I cannot turn these 5 GB into a FAT32 partition. I show below the output of print, and the error when I try to run mkpartfs.

Partition Magic 7 is also unwilling to touch this unallocated space. Any tips on how I can get this space to work in windows?


Using /dev/hda
Information: The operating system thinks the geometry on /dev/hda is
2432/255/63.  Therefore, cylinder 1024 ends at 8032.499M.
(parted) print
Disk geometry for /dev/hda: 0.000-19077.187 megabytes
Disk label type: msdos
Minor    Start       End     Type      Filesystem  Flags
2          0.031     23.532  primary   ext3
3         23.533    141.196  extended
5         23.563    141.196  logical   linux-swap
1        141.196   7146.101  primary   fat32       boot, lba
4       7146.101  14001.965  primary   ext3

(parted) mkpartfs logical fat32 14001.966 19077.187
Warning: Unable to align partition properly. This probably means that another partitioning tool generated an incorrect partition table, because it didn't have the correct BIOS geometry. It is safe to ignore,but ignoring may cause (fixable) problems with some boot loaders.
Ignore/Cancel? I
Error: Unable to satisfy all constraints on the partition.

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