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    Controlling partition numbers

    The numbering of the partitions in linux seems to hop around...

    Is there any way to control what gets numbered where, and what numbers get used? 'Cause it seems that they skip numbers sometimes.

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    Re: Controlling partition numbers

    Hi Chuck,

    Doing a loaded Google Linux search for partition numbering, I found this link on the first page of results.

    It appears, if I understand your limited information post, that whether or not it's the same issue causing the issue, the detailed instructions may resolve it.

    Note, I've not tried this, and have no intentions to at this time. I like the way my Linux boxes are setup.... it took me a while to do so!
    Christopher Baldrey

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    Re: Controlling partition numbers

    Chris:

    Thanks for the link...

    As I'm just getting started in linux, and haven't passed final judgment on "flavors", I have 3 loaded: SUSE, Ubuntu, and Kubuntu. I also have had to "start over a couple times, but that's all part of the process till I get it right, yes? Incidentally, that reminds me: regular Windows backups don't always seem to grab linux and be able to put it back just so, resulting in startup issues.

    Is there an internal linux backup answer?

    Anyway...

    In my re-installs a couple times, I now have (showing in both linux and in Acronis Disk Director), on my primary drive:

    hda1
    hda2
    hda5
    hda6
    hda7
    hda8
    hda10
    hda11

    Not the end of the world, but as I don't really understand as yet, I like to at least understand the "how and why".

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    Re: Controlling partition numbers

    Can you go into one of your Linux installations, and provide the output to (note, as root, or with the sudo command):
    <code># fdisk -l</code>
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    Re: Controlling partition numbers

    Funny you should ask (Also a pic of Acronis' Disk Director in following post).

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    Re: Controlling partition numbers

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    Re: Controlling partition numbers

    Chris:

    Also, note that they are showing as NTFS, when in fact they were formatted during linux installs.

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    Re: Controlling partition numbers

    Chuck,

    You've only provided the partition layout for your second drive (Disk 2 in windows). Can you:

    <code># fdisk -l /dev/hda</code>

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    Re: Controlling partition numbers

    Chris:

    I went ahead last night and re-formatted and re-partitioned. Current fdisk -l (as root):

    Here's fdisk -l for my drive:

    cwbillow@Ubuntu:~$ sudo -s
    [sudo] password for cwbillow:
    root@Ubuntu:~# fdisk -l

    Disk /dev/hda: 320.0 GB, 320072933376 bytes
    255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 38913 cylinders
    Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
    Disk identifier: 0xa49e2ae0

    Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
    /dev/hda1 * 1 11097 89136621 7 HPFS/NTFS
    /dev/hda2 11098 38913 223432020 f W95 Ext'd (LBA)
    /dev/hda5 11098 28068 136319526 7 HPFS/NTFS
    /dev/hda6 28069 29504 11534638+ b W95 FAT32
    /dev/hda7 29505 29635 1052226 83 Linux
    /dev/hda8 29636 29897 2104483+ 82 Linux swap /
    Solaris
    /dev/hda9 29898 32901 24129598+ 83 Linux
    /dev/hda10 32902 35904 24121566 83 Linux
    /dev/hda11 35905 38913 24169761 83 Linux

    Disk /dev/hdb: 320.0 GB, 320072933376 bytes
    255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 38913 cylinders
    Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
    Disk identifier: 0xdc56dc56

    Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
    /dev/hdb1 * 1 30025 241175781 7 HPFS/NTFS
    /dev/hdb2 30026 38913 71392860 5 Extended
    /dev/hdb5 30026 36553 52436128+ 7 HPFS/NTFS
    /dev/hdb6 36554 38275 13831933+ 7 HPFS/NTFS
    /dev/hdb7 38276 38913 5124703+ 7 HPFS/NTFS

    Disk /dev/sda: 2055 MB, 2055208960 bytes
    255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 249 cylinders
    Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
    Disk identifier: 0x91f72d24

    Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
    /dev/sda1 * 1 250 2007008+ 6 FAT16
    Partition 1 has different physical/logical endings:
    phys=(248, 254, 63) logical=(249, 220, 35)
    root@Ubuntu:~# A

    I figurd that once the numbering got fowld up, it was easier, if possible, to re-do it.

    Thanks for your trouble.

    Chuck
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