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PostPosted: Thu 22 Jun 2006, 06:30    Post_subject: Gparted in Puppy2  

Gparted works in Puppy2 for resizing NTFS partition - just make sure you defragment the NTFS from inside Windows, surface-scan the drive (which it will do after a reboot), do a normal shutdown, then finally load Puppy2 and run Gparted to resize the NTFS partition. See this or search this forum for instructions in partitioning the free space with cfdisk.

Gparted refreshes itself so it is possible to create the new Puppy partitions in Gparted. I chose to use cfdisk in console as my 128 MB test PC is very low in free space (6 MB).
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PostPosted: Thu 22 Jun 2006, 07:59    Post_subject: Viva La Pup  

Good advice Raffy - I used Qparted - a great program - to resize Vista beta 2 without a defrag - well it was a new install and it fried Windows Vista.

. . . actually I am quite glad it was like a sloth on poisonous crap . . . a distro that big and with that much noise and so little usable software - and they expect a lease or rental agreement to use it. Pah!

Remember. Stay frisky.

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PostPosted: Sun 17 Jun 2007, 09:21    Post_subject: Partitioning  

I like QTParted, but my favourite partitioning software is Partition Commander 9,01 with Partition Magic Pro 8.05 a close second.

Both can be found as freeware packages, a decent search Engine should find them for you.
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PostPosted: Sun 17 Jun 2007, 15:34    Post_subject:  

I looked at partitioning apps. in general for setting up HD & USB drives.
Most ISOs are 30 MB for the GUI versions, I didn't find a smaller one.
I have a 64 MB USB with DOS & Partition Magic (DOS) on it that's great.

I think the Puppy community should offer a "drive setup / rescue" USB.
The smaller the better for the dialup folks, 30 MB is way too big.
I think 5 MB to 10 MB should be enough for this.

It should do: partitions, SysLinux & Grub, & anti virus (maybe other stuff).

If someone knows or finds one... Let us know!
Short of that, I'll make a GTK GUI if a CLI only one is found.
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PostPosted: Sun 17 Jun 2007, 21:33    Post_subject:  

somebody was recommending the floppy based partition manager
awhile ago. i've never tried it myself so can't vouch for it. but i see
that it's on the latest ultimatebootcd, under partition tools.
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PostPosted: Mon 16 May 2011, 23:55    Post_subject: And other command-line tools are available...  

BarryK wrote:
The next snapshot of puppy2 will have ntfsresize, ntfsmount and mkntfs, and the libparted.so from parted package -- maybe should throw in the parted executables also?...could knock up a nice app just like QTParted but a fraction of the size...
we've will have all the commandline tools: parted, e2fsprogs, ntfsprogs, fdisk, cfdisk, disktype ...the only thing missing is reiserfsprogs.

Some more command-line tools (but for formatting, not partitioning) are mkfs, mkdosfs, mkswap, and similar.

I ran into an issue recently after I wiped my Absolute Linux install and created new partitions (with fdisk)...in the Puppy I use, Quickset Puppy, even if your locale and language are set to English, the GUI for GParted is rendered in Japanese!

I'm not sure if it's a bug or lack of translation (have not reported it yet, just encountered this tonight). I couldn't remember the names of the Linux tools because I so rarely use them...usually I choose the filesystem during the install process. But I'm not "installing" Puppy.

F.Y.I. I ended up using:
mkfs -T ext3 /dev/sda1
mkfs -T ext3 /dev/sda3
mkswap /dev/sda2
swapon /dev/sda2

A quick Google for "format drive linux -gparted" brought up forum posts which happened to mention various tools, and a quick "mkfs --help" or "mkfs" at the command line brings up the most commonly-used options, which is fine for simple tasks.

I should point out to newbies that the "--help" option was invalid for mkfs; however, even if you don't know whether "--help" or "/h" will work with an unknown command, you should always use it (instead of the command alone)! Why? Because if the command does take action with no options, you might make a big boo-boo!

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Previous distros: Slackware (preferred), Fedora Core 6 (in school), Ubutntu (not much)
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