Help - Function of Dell Studio 1537 partitions ?
oldcpu at opensuse-forums.org
Sun Dec 20 09:16:54 CST 2009
I have Linux (openSUSE-11.1) setup on dual boot with MS-Vista on a Dell
Studio 1537 laptop. My wife is "fed up" with Vista, and has asked that
I replace Vista with WinXP on this Laptop. I would like to do this over
the Christmas holiday break.
Please, can someone explain to me the function of the two Dell /dev/sda1
and /dev/sda2 partitions ?
This laptop was purchased with MS Vista installed, with 3 primary
partitions (small /dev/sda1 (called "Dell Utility" ),10GB /dev/sda2
(unknown - appears to be some sort of Dell backup/recovery partition ?
), /dev/sda3 (MS Vista which had the remainder of the 250GB drive,
although I have subsequently reduced this to 69GB ).
Again, I note /dev/sda3 is the 69GB MS Vista partition (I reduced it to
69GB when I installed Linux (openSUSE-11.1)). I also believe it may be
in /dev/sda3 where I should plan on installing winXP.
Currently I have Linux in /dev/sda4 (divided into extended partitions,
with /dev/sda5 (swap), /dev/sda6 (root), and /dev/sda7 (/home) for Linux
and it works well. I plan to keep Linux when Vista is replaced by WinXP
Can I remove and merge /dev/sda1, /dev/sda2, and /dev/sda3 and replace
them with one partition for WinXP ?
Or am I better OFF keeping /sdev/sda1 (Dell Utility) ? and am I better
off to keep /dev/sda2 (some sort of Vista ?? recovery) ? and only put
winXP on /dev/sda3 ?
p.s. for information, here is some output from Linux commands showing
Output of: df -Th
Filesystem Type Size Used Avail Use% Mounted on
/dev/sda6 ext3 20G 7.9G 11G 43% /
udev tmpfs 2.0G 260K 2.0G 1% /dev
/dev/sda7 ext3 131G 61G 63G 50% /home
/dev/sda2 fuseblk 10G 5.1G 5.0G 51% /windows/D
/dev/sda3 fuseblk 69G 39G 31G 56% /windows/C
Output of: fdisk -l
Disk /dev/sda: 250.0 GB, 250059350016 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 30401 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
Disk identifier: 0x08000000
Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/sda1 1 18 144553+ de Dell Utility
/dev/sda2 19 1324 10485760 7 HPFS/NTFS
/dev/sda3 1325 10247 71673997+ 7 HPFS/NTFS
/dev/sda4 * 10248 30401 161887005 f W95 Ext'd (LBA)
/dev/sda5 10248 10509 2104483+ 82 Linux swap / Solaris
/dev/sda6 10510 13120 20972826 83 Linux
/dev/sda7 13121 30401 138809601 83 Linux
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