View Full Version : A partitioning task

19th January 2010, 02:27 PM
Hi guys,

I would like to ask you for an opinion. These are my current partitions:

/dev/sda1 ext3 200MB /boot
/dev/sda2 ext4 39.06GB /
/dev/sda3 swap 3.91GB
unallocated 2.25MB
/dev/sda4 extended /home
--------> unallocated 24.41GB
--------> /dev/sda5 ext4 165,30GB

I need to create a NTFS partition. However Windows installer doesn't see 'unallocated' under /dev/sda4.

I do not want to touch /dev/sda1, /dev/sda2, /dev/sda5. I also need swap. Is there any chance I can move 'unallocated' under /dev/sda4 from extended and recreate it as a primary partition?

Thanks for your advice.


19th January 2010, 02:38 PM
im still working on my linux legs, but in windows from the control panel>administrative tools>disk management window you can right click on the partition you want to make primary and select "mark it as active".

however, if you do not configure the boot menu you will lose access to the other partitions.

as for "unallocated", if it doesnt bother you too much, leave it alone, its 2MB.

it be cool to know how to do this in linux....

19th January 2010, 02:44 PM
You've already got 4 (max) primary partitions namely sda1~4. So no, you can't have another primary one.

19th January 2010, 02:47 PM
Thank you, that's been my conclusion as well.