Help - Function of Dell Studio 1537 partitions ?
Jose Damian Garrido Muñoz
delhaberno at gmail.com
Thu Dec 24 10:44:46 CST 2009
On Sun, Dec 20, 2009 at 12:16 PM, oldcpu <oldcpu at opensuse-forums.org> wrote:
> 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 ?
> Thank you,
> aka oldcpu
> p.s. for information, here is some output from Linux commands showing
> the contents:
> 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
las dos primeras particiones te ayudan a restaurar el sistema a como
venía de fábrica.
pienso que necesitas mantener tus dos primeras particiones en caso de
que necesites hacer válida la garantía.
si tu garantía ya no está disponible podrías siemplemente borrar estas
José Damián Garrido
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