Re: [SLE] SUSE 10.1 shrinking NTFS partition failed
- From: M Harris <harrismh777@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Wed, 9 Aug 2006 16:14:54 -0500
On Wednesday 09 August 2006 14:41, Robert Lewis wrote:
I purchased a new HP dv5237cl with a sata 120-GB harddrive.I can tell you my story, and if any of it helps then good, otherwise...
Installation offered the following defaults.
Create extended partion /dev/sda4 51.7 GB
Create swap /dev/sda5 2 GB
Create root /dev/sda6 19.5 GB
Create home /dev/sda7 30.2 GB
When installing SUSE 10.1 I got the following error message.
Failure occurred during following action:
Shrinking partition /dev/sda1 to 45.1 GB
System errpr code was -3027
I just purchased an HP Pavilion S7400N. Same story, although the message
was different. When I was done with the install of SuSE the Windoze partition
was broken and Windoze would not boot. Here is what I did:
First off, NTFS partitions do not appear to be supported... so shrinking
during the install of SuSE does not work. The tech sites suggest using
Partition magic first, but I opt'd to follow these steps, which worked well
1) leave the HP Recovery Partition alone... you'll need it later.
2) In the SuSE installer use custom partitioning and delete all of the
partitions except the Recovery Partition.
3) Create a primary partition (Fat 32 LBA) for the size of Windoze... maybe
4) create a primary partion for /boot... format ext2 about 30M
5) create a primary partion for / format Reiser about 2 GB (way too
big on purpose)
6) create extended partion for the remainder of the drive
7) create partition for /home format Reiser about 20GB
8) create partition for /var format Reiser about 1 GB
9) create partition for /tmp format Reiser about 1 GB
10) create partition for /usr format Reiser about 6 GB
11) create partition for /opt format Reiser about 4 GB
12) create partition for /usr/local format Reiser remainer of the
Now load SuSE and install grub... it should see the Recovery partition and
make that bootable.... if not, don't worry, you can get to it from the
hardware boot screen
When you are done installing SuSE, boot the machine and boot into the recovery
partition.... this will reload the HP Windoze programs.... and it will ALSO
REPLACE GRUB so that the machine will not boot into Linux... this is ok
After you are finished loading Windoze, use the SuSE install DVD----on the
installation options instead of (New Installation, or Update) take the
[ other ] option and then select expert tools... and then select Install New
Bootloader.... this will rebuild the master boot record and restore GRUB.
Now that Linux will boot again update the /boot/grub/menu.lst to add the
chainloader in for Windoze....: like this:
title Alternate (WinXP)
Now the machine should be fine. In my case, the partition DID shrink but was
unbootable... this was ok, because the Recovery Partition reformatted the
Windoze partition (NTFS) before the restore.... so no problem.
My machine is triple boot... one for Windoze, One for SuSE, One for HP
(I must add this next preachy part)
My machine was built for my daughter... on my personal machine (same model) I
just blew away all of the Windblows stuff... and loaded the machine with the
raw cold power of SuSE... end of story.
</soap box off>
M Harris <><
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