Re: Increasing DOS partition
Craig Sanders <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes:
> On Sat, 6 Sep 1997, Bill Wohler wrote:
> > Any tips as to how I can format (or whatever) the DOS partition so
> > that the OSs recognize the entire partition? And hopefully do this
> is it a 12-bit FAT partition or 16-bit FAT partition?
16 bit. (ooo, ahh!)
> delete the partition with DOS FDISK and recreate it before formatting.
I was afraid you were going to say that. Well, here goes...
Thanks for the help.
p.s. My DOS partition has since been successfully created and I'm
restoring the (DOS) contents from backup--the Linux partitions
escaped unscathed. What turned out to be a great timesaver was that
my Linux root was on a separate disk from the DOS partition. The
other lesson learned was that this should have been dealt with
before taking a couple of days to customize my system to lower the
For those of you who are interested, here are my notes:
- Write down partition sizes in MB
- Back up stuff. In this case, I copied the essentials to the
- The cfdisk man page (which I saw after posting, unfortunately)
said that you "need to zero first 512 bytes of partition for DOS
format to work." The command to do this is "dd if=/dev/zero
of=/dev/hda1 bs=512 count=1". It went on to say that "for best
results, use OS-specific partition table program," which is what I
- Removed all partitions with cfdisk since DOS fdisk could not.
- Created DOS partition with DOS fdisk.
- Formatted partition with "format /u /s c:". It saw all 650MB!
- Reboot, LILO still happy--boots both DOS and Linux.
- Linux on second disk booted to single user since it could no
longer fsck the non-existent partitions. I had /tmp, /var,
/usr/local and the secondary swap on the first disk in addition to
the DOS partition.
- Recreated the Linux partitions on the first disk with cfdisk.
- Ran fsck on these partitions just to be on the safe side.
- Mounted the partitions.
- Diffed the contents of /var and /usr/local with the saved copies.
Everything on the partitions was fine and there was no need to
- Reboot. Get lunch.
Bill Wohler <email@example.com>
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