new to opensuse and need help with HD space..

Hi all :slight_smile:

I have installed OpenSuse 11.1 today BUT, due to lack of knowing what I was doing (lol) I seem to have portioned my HD wrong and am out of space already! Is there a way I can keep my current installation and resize my portions without having to re-install all my apps again please? maybe a “walk through” of how I can adjust the free space on (/) buy shrinking my (c drive) drive in vista? I would like help with simple instructions for a complete novice if you would be so kind Thank you :>

Setup is as follows:

Laptop (Duel boot system with vista home basic & Opensuse 11.1)

Total space
Available space
4.2 GB
0.0 KB
4.2 GB
4.9 GB
6.5 MB
4.9 GB
2.5 GB
2.2 GB
270.3 MB
151.6 GB
68.4 GB
83.2 GB
137.5 GB
14.9 GB
122.5 GB

PS: Please let me know what info you will need in order to help me and I will do my best to provide it! Thank you :slight_smile:

Open up a terminal and log in as root. You can do this by typing


then entering your password.

We’ll need the output of

fdisk -l

that’s a lowercase l not a number 1.


Hi there ijbreakey… thanks for your reply :wink:

output is:

Disk /dev/sda: 320.0 GB, 320072933376 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 38913 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
Disk identifier: 0x69882bb0

Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/sda1 1 19792 158970880 7 HPFS/NTFS
/dev/sda2 19792 37739 144162812 7 HPFS/NTFS
/dev/sda3 * 37740 38913 9430155 f W95 Ext’d (LBA)
/dev/sda5 37740 37932 1550241 82 Linux swap / Solaris
/dev/sda6 37933 38585 5245191 83 Linux
/dev/sda7 38586 38913 2634628+ 83 Linux

just tried to install samba but faild due to needing 54mb…LOL!

The two bold ones are two windows partitions. I believe vista is on the first 158GB partition since windows likes to take up the first partition. What’s the other 144GB partition for?

Hi again…thank you for helping me…

The other portion has all my 3d stuff (blender) and music/video files and video editing files ETC :>

I have two systems running (one with just vista on which i am using for chat etc) and the other is the one i need help with, the one with vista and OS 11.1

am on icq if that helps you at all?


I’m not exactly experienced on the whole resizing thing yet so maybe you could wait for someone else with more expertise in this area to post.

I don’t use the openSUSE partitioner to repartition my Windows drives. I use Easeus Partition Manager to handle that stuff. It’s freeware but you get all the features you need. You install it on Vista and then tell it what partition you want to shrink and by how much. You reboot and it will shrink the windows partition upon booting up into windows again.

I have a friend coming up to put linux on his computer in about 10 minutes so if you don’t get any other help, I’m about to do the same thing on that computer that you want to do and after I’m done I can tell you what I did.

Good Luck,


Thank you for that info/link about the software (looking it up now) I may just resize my D: protion (in windows) and then delete all portions containing OS 11.1 and re-install it using larger portions…lol

Good luck with your installation, and thanks again :wink:

You can use the GParted partition tool to resize Linux partitions, but it can’t be used to resize a vista partition. It’s on a bootable CD and has a GUI interface. There are intuitive click-to-grab and expand/contract tools in it – neato. If you use it you should back up data on the NTFs partitions first.

It’s on this link

Hi again, I fixed it :slight_smile: thanks to you both…

I deleted the OS 11.1 portions, then used Easeus Partition Manager (kindly recomended by ijbreakey) to create and resize new portions and then reinstalled OS 11.1. you are both stars and I thank you both for your input/help… yall get 5 stars ***** :wink:

I was hoping swerdna would have picked up the post and given some expertly advice, as was the case.

On the forums, if you REALLY want to thank people for helping you a Thank You will usually suffice. There’s also a reputation button next to a forum member’s name (next to the post’s permalink) that can be pressed :wink:

In any case, glad you got it sorted out :slight_smile:

Welcome to openSUSE!


Thanks Ian :wink:

well, I hit that rep button for yah both and nothing blew up!..aint I clever! rotfl