Major chage to system desired

Hi guys;
I have two systems
1) Toshiba satellite L350D (AMD x64 dual core)
Partition 1 hidden (toshiba recovery) 3GB
Partition 2 seriously damaged Vista 14th major crash! 90GB
Partition 3 extended Vista/Linux shared data 30GB
Partition 4 extended Linux ext3 30GB openSUSE 11.1
Partition 5 Linux swap 5GB
2) Custom system
Partition 1 Windows98 3GB works perfectly
Partition 2 extended Windows 2K 3GB seriously damaged
Partition 3 extended Windows 98 swap
Partition 4 extended Windows 2K swap
Partition 5 extended Windows 98 added Programs 30GB
Partition 6 extended Windows 2K added Programs 30GB
Partition 7 extended 98/2k/Linux shared date 30GB
Partition 8 Linux ext3 2TB mandrake 9.1
Partition 9 Linux swap
I would like to move Linux on system 1 keeping my current running system to where Vista is. Convert the current Linux
to be just the /home. Install Virtual Box to place Windows Vista.

On the second system which can’t handle openSUSE 11.1 due to being single core x32 I would like to convert it some way to be also Linux with Virtual box with both win98 and win2k. It’s a pity it has such a huge HDD for such an old distro.

Any thoughts on quickest easiest way to approach this?

Is this output of *fdisk -l *on both systems? I ask because I see some trange things. When not, it is always better to give facts (cut/paste output) then human interpretations.

Unit #1 fdisk results below. Seems what windows reported when I remade the partitions is not what Linux is reporting. For example, windows Vista doesn’t show the first 1.5Mb but Linux does. Partition sizes and order / assignment also doesn’t match.

When I did the original install I created free space using windows and created 1 partition for data leaving the rest blank. Then I Installed Linux customized to use free space for a root and a swap. Guess I should have done full customize and explicitly defined my sizes.

Toshiba Satellite L350D Laptop
Disk /dev/sda: 160.0 GB 1600419885696 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 19457 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
Disk identifier: 0x0d2b8347

Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/sda1 1 192 1536000 27 Unknown
Partition 1 does not end on cylinder boundary.
/dev/sda2 192 11666 92166140 17 HPFS/NTFS
/dev/sda3 * 11666 18632 55951360 f W95 Ext;d (LBA)
/dev/sda4 18632 19458 6635520 17 Hidden HPFS/NTFS
/dev/sda5 11666 15843 33553408 b W95 FAT32
/dev/sda6 15844 16105 2104483 82 Linux swap / Solaris
/dev/sda7 16106 18631 20290063 83 Linux

Unit #2 Is a custom system using a Teradon drumdrive 3 TB raw which is 2500 GB after partitioning. It was partitioned using Teradon’s Drive prep on floppy so I guess I have no choice but to wipe it using the drive utility because it’s a drumdrive configured to function as a huge HDD. fdisk just reports “there is no harddisks to configure”.

Linux has no trouble formating existing partitions but can’t modify using fdisk.

IMO you can spend forever messing around in situations like this. My option would be a backup of necessary files, then wipe it clean, tidy up the mess.

I guess there must be some kind of nostalgia in running OS’s like win98, but it had to be one of the most dire OS’s out there.

I don’t come easy eh! rotfl! If I didn’t need Win98 to talk to my 15" x 36" EPP scanner using CCD technology it would be gone, Although while it’s so dated, it hasn’t crashed more than once but Windows 2k crashes once a month each time more seriously than before. Linux never crashes! Finally, got Linux to kinda read back some info for hda

~$: fdisk -l
Did not detect any fixed disks on this system
~$: taradon -c
Taradon unix harddisk emulator-
Parallel drum 3TB mapped to /dev/hda as 3 regular partitions 1 extended 6 Logical drives
Only use Taradon partitioning diskette to modify this drive
~$: du
Filesystem ik-blocks Used Available Use% Mounted

/dev/hda3 2047900412 3556706 2044343706 1% / Linux 2TB mandrake 9.1
/dev/hda4 4095600 551 4095049 1% Linux swap
/dev/hda1 3072000 1457340 1621660 48% /mnt/WinC Windows98 3GB works perfectly
/dev/hda5 3072000 2400155 671845 75% /mnt/WinD Windows 2K 3GB seriously damaged
/dev/hda6 2047977 0 2047977 0% /mnt/WinE Windows 98 swap
/dev/hda7 2047977 0 2047977 0% /mnt/WinF Windows 2K swap
/dev/hda8 30722488 12453611 18268877 40% /mnt/WinG Windows 98 added Programs 30GB
/dev/hda9 30722488 10288066 20434422 31% /mnt/WinH Windows 2K added Programs 30GB
/dev/hda10 30722481 28596113 2126368 89% /mnt/WinI 98/2k/Linux shared data 30GB

From this I can see that I can safely kill hda1,5,6,7,8 & 9
Network transfer 28GB somewhere from hda10
Network transfer 1.2GB somewhere from Home folder

But what should I save from root system so I can restore most of my settings after I wipe the taradon clean, re-partition it 2 just root and swap and re-Install Linux?

P.S. You wonder about nostalgia over running Win98, if I had my drothers I wouldn’t. Linux mandrake 7.0 and redhat 5.7 both supported CCD EPP scanners then it was shut off in the kernels due to a conflict with newer scanner drivers which are CRM USB.
Windows 95 and 98 support CCD scanners using EPP then with Windows 2k on they too quit supporting this scanner.

So as it stands, what do I have to do to each system after I wipe drives and re-install Linux to enable Virtual OS to run
M$ ?