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    Removing Windows

    I have decided to solely use my Knoppix distro as my only OS, and have since deleted my NTFS partition.

    I was wondering how I would go about making my ext2 partition take up the entirety of the free space

    -Thanks in advance.

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    Hmmm well there is qtparted but i dunno about trying to resize ext2 over an old ntfs partition. I won't say it can't be done but I will say that I wouldn't do it.

    Might I suggest that you drop the windows philosophy of "one big partition is good" because it is not. In fact it is a waste of your hdd IMHO.

    When you need to change something or you run out of space because you've stored so many mp3's you will be glad you have multiple partitions.

    Here's how I have my 40G drive partitioned:

    /dev/hda1 on / type ext3 (rw,errors=remount-ro)
    /dev/hda2 on /home type ext3 (rw)
    /dev/hda3 on /usr type ext3 (rw)
    /dev/hda5 on /precious type ext3 (rw)
    /dev/hda6 on /tmp type ext3 (rw)
    /dev/hda7 on /var type ext3 (rw)
    hda8 Logical Linux ext3 1003.49
    hda9 Logical Linux 1998.75
    hda10 Logical Linux ext3 4992.75
    hda11 Logical Linux ext3 15002.92
    hda12 Logical Linux ext3 5000.98

    As you can see partitions 1,2,3,6 & 7 are for the operating system. This is not necessary (but easy to do during installation). The other partitions I use for storage of music, remastering, etc and one partition never changes as it has certain documents that I really neeed to have. I can erase and reinstall Linux (in the event that I hose it up beyond repair) and I don't worry about the rest of my data.

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    OK. Here's my problem:

    I have deleted my NTFS, and have made myself a nice new partition (hda3, which was my previous NTFS partition's name), however, I can not mount it under my Linux OS...

    What do I do now?

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    Well technically speaking you can't mount a partition. What you actually mount is the filesystem on the partition. So.......create a filesystem. I prefer ext3 so I would do this:

    mke2fs -j /dev/hda3

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    OK. One more thing:

    My Info Center says that I have hda3 as an NTFS partition, even though I have deleted this partition. What do I do?

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    You've deleted the partition, but it's still formatted ntfs.

    Try mzilikazi's suggestion (as root)

    mke2fs -j /dev/hda3

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    Did you change the partition type with
    cfdisk /dev/hda3 ?

    Ciao Martin

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    OK. I tricked my CFDisk into making my new partition 'hda4', which has never before existed on my computer.

    I have made it an ext2 partition, as I have had troubles with ext3.

    When I try to run 'mount /dev/hda4', it says 'cannot find /dev/hda4 in /etc/fstab or /etc/mtab'


    What do I do?

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    Post your /etc/fstab.......

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    The output of fdisk -l would be nice to see as well and just how did you go about "tricking" cfdisk to create a new partition.

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