Topic: Befuddled about moving/copying/ primary/logical partitions

I am befuddled about what is the best way to straighten my disk out.   What I have is a dual boot Windows XP/Ubuntu setup.  However, because I messed up the first Ubuntu setup I had to do it over and when it was loaded, it gave me 2 sets of Ubuntu files.  The new main file is in the logical area. 

I have an unallocated section in the primary area but because of the multiple swaps I have 2 primary files that really should be combined and with Windows in the picture as well I can't put copy my main Ubuntu file into the primary area. 

What I would like to do is combine the swap files and put them into the logical area, clear them out of the primary and then move my main Ubuntu into the primary area.   I hope that makes sense.

I am trying to figure out how to copy the screen with the current setup so you can see what a mess I have.  There are a couple of file I could delete but because of the location of the Ubuntu main file I can't delete them without getting rid of the main Ubuntu file first.

Disk /dev/sda: 122.9 GB, 122942324736 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 14946 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes

   Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
/dev/sda1   *           1        4491    36073926    c  W95 FAT32 (LBA)
/dev/sda2           10565       14921    34997602+   f  W95 Ext'd (LBA)
/dev/sda3            6548        8979    19535040   83  Linux
/dev/sda4            8980       10564    12731512+  83  Linux
/dev/sda5           14456       14921     3743113+  83  Linux
/dev/sda6           10892       10892        8001   82  Linux swap / Solaris
/dev/sda7           10891       10891        8001   82  Linux swap / Solaris
/dev/sda8           13179       14196     8177053+  83  Linux
/dev/sda9           14197       14197        8001   82  Linux swap / Solaris
/dev/sda10          10893       12120     9863878+  83  Linux

Partition table entries are not in disk order

In addition to all the above I have unallocated 15.75 GIB in primary area and 2.50 GiB + 8.10 GiB + 1.98 GiB + 196.11 MiB in the logical area.

Sda2 is the logical area and is locked; sda10 is in the logical area and is locked and is file type / and is the latest iteration of UBUNTU. 

Sda 6, 7, and 9 are expendable since they are from the earlier version of Ubuntu. 

I am a little limited since I cannot write to CD's or DVD's on the system and do not have another hard disk.

Sorry to be so wordy but I thought if I put it all out there it would be more obvious what is wrong and what I need to change.   Any assistance would be appreciated. big_smile big_smile big_smile


Re: Befuddled about moving/copying/ primary/logical partitions

hmmz, this is too much for me to take in on the early morning tongue Please send us a screenshot of your current situation and tell us _short_ what you'd like to change.



Re: Befuddled about moving/copying/ primary/logical partitions

What I posted has the fdisk screen shot.  What I need to do is:

combine sda3 and sda4 into one file and free up most of the left over space.
move the main Ubuntu file (sda10) into the primary area (there is an unallocated area but I cannot use it because it would make too many primary files).
get rid of a couple of files in the logical area that have lower numbers than the main Ubuntu file (sda6, sda7 and sda9).
open up the additional areas for a place to add Gentoo (or the other distros I have available to try out)