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,
>
> Lee
> 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
particiones.



-- 
José Damián Garrido
Programador Web
ciber-humano



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