Soooo: I got a new laptop. I know I'm going to need to use the proprietary OS that came with it so I thought I'd dual boot. I'll skip the shaggy dog story and cut to the chase which is that I'm pretty happy with my machine over all but I've got partitions all over the place and what I'd like to do is clean them up *without* reinstalling. One problem is that a partition which bears the boot flag is actually smack in the middle of some unallocated space.
I'm not convinced that this partition is really my boot partition but I don't fully understand ... um ... booting. I'd like to understand it better so I can make wise decisions about how to use my space better. Suggestions?
I'm reading this: https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Grub2 now.
[0 amanda@luna]$ sudo fdisk -l
[sudo] password for amanda:
Disk /dev/sda: 120.0 GB, 120034123776 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 14593 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
Disk identifier: 0xaf27f150
Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/sda1 * 1 192 1536000 7 HPFS/NTFS
Partition 1 does not end on cylinder boundary.
/dev/sda2 193 2639 19648440 7 HPFS/NTFS
Partition 2 does not end on cylinder boundary.
/dev/sda3 13755 14593 6735576 7 HPFS/NTFS
Partition 3 does not end on cylinder boundary.
/dev/sda4 2639 13318 85783320 5 Extended
Partition 4 does not end on cylinder boundary.
/dev/sda5 2639 12983 83091928+ 83 Linux
/dev/sda6 12983 13318 2691328+ 82 Linux swap / Solaris
Partition table entries are not in disk order
[0 amanda@luna]$ df -h
Filesystem Size Used Avail Use% Mounted on
/dev/sda5 78G 21G 54G 28% /
udev 1.5G 324K 1.5G 1% /dev
none 1.5G 648K 1.5G 1% /dev/shm
none 1.5G 92K 1.5G 1% /var/run
none 1.5G 0 1.5G 0% /var/lock
none 1.5G 0 1.5G 0% /lib/init/rw
78G 21G 54G 28% /home/amanda