KDE Partition Manager

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Take your time! You can do the steps one at a time or all together at the end. Here we separate them out so we can illustrate the result of each step. Note that you can only resize unmounted partitions, so to change the partition where MEPIS Linux itself is installed you would have to use the LiveDVD.

  1. From the LiveDVD click Start Menu > System > KDE Partition Manager, and supply root's password.
  2. In KDE Partition Manager select the correct drive in the left panel, then select the partition in the right panel. Be careful here!
  3. Right-click on that partition and select “Resize/Move”. Choose the new size of the partition. The free space that will remain will be used for MEPIS Linux installation; make sure the “free space after” resizing will be larger than the minimum required size for your version of MEPIS Linux (see <a href="index.html#section03-1">minimum/recommended specifications</a>). Click “OK”
  4. Click on the Apply menu icon and respond “Apply...” to the dialog. KDE Partition Manager will now repartition your drive; at the end you should get a message that the operation was completed successfully. The result will look something like this:
  5. <img src="grafx/Partition1.png" alt="New empty partition" width="329" height="86" />

  6. Now let's create a swap partition
    • Right-click on the “unallocated” partition and select “New”. You will see this dialog box:
    • <img src="grafx/Partition3.png" alt="New partition dialog" width="420" height="327" />

    • Usually you will select Primary for partition type unless you have more than 4 partitions (see <a href="index.html#s03-5_hdd-names">hard drive names</a>).
    • Select linux-swap as the File system, and make the size at least equal to the amount of RAM you have installed. Click “OK”.
    • It is often very conventient to add a Label (here something like: "Swap") when you create a new partition.
    • Click “OK”
  7. Repeat the steps to create the remaining two partitions, root and home. Right-click on the “free” partition and select “New”.
  8. Unless you know what you are doing, select Primary, Ext3 and the amount of space you have chosen. Click “OK”.
  9. Repeat the last steps to create a separate partition for home (recommended). If you want to skip this step, your data files will be in the Home folder inside the the root partition.
  10. Very Important! Note down the partition numbers/names as displayed in the new layout (e.g., sda3) for both the root and the home partition. You will need this information when choosing what partition number/name to install Mepis on, and to ensure that you do not overwrite your Windows partition!
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