Volume size error - how created, how avoid?

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Volume size error - how created, how avoid?

Postby edzell on Fri Sep 21, 2012 11:13 pm

I've been setting up dual boot on an 80g drive; XP-pro with Mint 10 Julia. With partition magic I created two 15g ntfs partitions sda1 & 2. I installed XP-pro on sda1 and it booted OK. Sda2 was to be a data partition shared with Mint.

Next, installed Mint 10 in new ext4 partitions defined manually: /, home, tmp, swap (sda1 & 2 marked Do Not Use.) I booted Mint & did some package install & uninstall (libre vs open office etc) then tried to edit fstab to automount ntfs partitions sda1 & sda2. This was unsuccessful but at present that's a side issue, since I found gparted giving the error message "volume size is bigger than the device size" for sda1. Not understanding what this really means I tried moving sda2 and enlarging sda1 into the freed-up space. That didn't appear to complete successfully so now I'm thoroughly screwed up.

I'm willing - reluctantly - to start from scratch (well I guess I'll have to!) but not before I can find out what I did wrong and how to avoid it next time round. I was trying to duplicate the dual boot system that I have on my laptop (much bigger drive) so I don't know what was different here. I'm not very experienced - can you tell? :) - so if anyone can help me with a simple-ish explanation I'd be very grateful.
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Re: Volume size error - how created, how avoid?

Postby caf4926 on Fri Sep 21, 2012 11:37 pm

Some advice for what it's worth.

With such a limited space I would just use swap and / in Mint
You don't really need to create a separate partition to share files as Mint can access the actual windows ntfs partition any way.

Why are you installing Mint 10? Support has ended.

I would:
Create Primary ntfs ??GB for XP
Create extended space in all that remains
Create swap = 2 x RAM
Create ext 4 for Mint /

And yes, you'll need to start over by the sound of it
So don't engage in tasks beyond your experience level, unless it's a sandbox
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Re: Volume size error - how created, how avoid?

Postby edzell on Sat Sep 22, 2012 6:02 am

Referring to my initial post, I'll define my questions more narrowly:

What would or could have caused the volume-size error message to arise after installing Mint, with an ntfs partition that already had an OS (XP-pro) installed and previously functioning: and how can I avoid the same situation recurring when I reinstall either or both systems?

I believe I used exactly the procedure with which I set up my laptop with no problems - it's been running well for a couple of years.

I have no experience with the concept of volume size as opposed to partition size, don't know exactly what it means; so simple-ish explanations would be preferred.

(caf4926: promise me you'll try to get some sleep)
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Re: Volume size error - how created, how avoid?

Postby caf4926 on Sat Sep 22, 2012 6:46 am

There is much unknown to me.
For Eg: When did the Volume error occur? Before or after your messing with fstab and gparted?

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Re: Volume size error - how created, how avoid?

Postby edzell on Sat Sep 22, 2012 8:04 am

caf4926 wrote:There is much unknown to me.
For Eg: When did the Volume error occur? Before or after your messing with fstab and gparted?


I think I explained the entire sequence in order. The error, which prevents me from booting the Windows partition/volume - and prompts me to post here - is the last thing that happened.

I'm just going to start over. Thanks anyway.

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No, you're a whole new experience :)
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Re: Volume size error - how created, how avoid?

Postby caf4926 on Sat Sep 22, 2012 8:31 am

No, you're a whole new experience :)
Excellent

Hope you decide to follow my recommendations
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Re: Volume size error - how created, how avoid?

Postby edzell on Sat Sep 22, 2012 2:43 pm

caf4926 wrote:Hope you decide to follow my recommendations


:roll: Not a chance mate :lol:
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