Partition Reorganization

Leonard Chatagnier lenc5570 at
Sun Feb 17 15:17:03 UTC 2008

--- Nils Kassube <kassube at> wrote:

> Some remarks:
> 1. The boot flag is not important for Linux. My main
> machine was installed 
> as dual boot for Windows/Linux and I have changed it
> to Linux only some 
> time ago. The boot flag is still active for the
> former Windows partition 
> which is only a data partition now.
> 2. You have to edit /etc/fstab of the hda6
> partition. Change the partition 
> entry for / and make it /dev/hda6 (or use the
> appropriate UUID). If you 
> had an entry for the hda6 partition before, remove
> it or replace the 
> device name with /dev/hda2.
> 3. Don't overwrite the installation in hda2 because
> the menu.lst file from 
> _that_ partition is used for booting. You will have
> to run grub-install 
> for the new location - but you should better wait
> until you can reliably 
> boot from hda6. Then copy the menu.lst file from
> hda2 
> to /boot/grub/menu.lst in hda6. While running the
> system of hda6, use
> grub-install /dev/hda
> to make grub use the menu.lst of hda6.
>Nils, glad you did this, I, for one, didn't realize
the situation was so complex. From past experience, I
thought the boot flag had to be set when partitioning.
I'll file this away for future reference.  Thanks,

Leonard Chatagnier
lenc5570 at

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