You can create a partition there and mount it in the root partition.
Or you can boot the machine from a live Linux distro that has the application Gparted on it, like openSUSE Gnome Live or Knoppix or the Gparted Live CD. With Gparted you can use the mouse to grab-and-drag the root partition out to occupy the spare space.
(You just can’t do that from inside the running Suse because you can’t modify the root partition while it’s running/mounted).
Maybe we should look at what’s available on the drive. Can you open a console window and su to root and run the command: gparted. [gparted needs to be installed from Yast Software perhaps, I can’t remember] That will show you a very nice pic of your drive. make a screenshot and post it here for us too see. If that’s too hard, enter this root command and post the results back here: fdisk -l
Oops… Can’t seem to find any visual tools. gpart and *parted *are available on the command line. Seaching through Yast2, Software Management reveals no gparted (I also did a Name/Summary/Description search for ‘partition’).
You’ve installed off the KDE Live CD. The KDE Live CD doesn’t have GParted on it. You can install GParted from the standard repositories but (since you can’t find it in Yast) you’ll have to activate the standard repositories first. Probably simplest to open a console window and enter the command: su, to become the root user and then to enter the command: dfisk -l, and post the results here.
But it seems from this:
I’ve got something even easier I’ve got a PCI SATA card, so I’m going to drop a big drive on this old DELL. GX110’s with A09 BIOS can handle the set up (CDROMS are a different story???).
that you’ve got a whole new method going.