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Old 06-01-2011, 08:30 PM   #1
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Arch Linux messed something up with my HDD?

Well, before I had Fedora 14, and I decided to proceed to the next step of my plan to learn more about Linux, Arch, and next will be Slackware, but currently, while installing Arch, I easily got through the the first 3 steps, but with the 4th step, installing packages, it "Crashed" or whatever you'd call it, the setup closed and put me into the Command Prompt, and I tried /arch/setup again and it told me to repartition my HDD. When I tried to Auto-Partition again it said it came across an error and to use /dev/tty to find out what was the cause. After trying a reboot after trying /dev/tty *Permission denied, even as root* I tried doing it all over again and whenever I came to partitioning the Arch Setup menu closed out on me immediately. I've tried putting in the Ubuntu 10.10 disc and it reads it perfectly, but when I try GParted to create a partition it comes across an error as well, so I plan on installing Ubuntu and going back to Arch Linux setup and doing it all over again. It kind of made me panic though, because I heard strange noises coming from my HDD, not the loud sounds of HDD Failure, but... I'm not sure, I know my HDD was perfectly fine before I tried to setup Arch Linux. What happened? It said the installer was buggy but I didn't think I'd come across a bug like it. Oh well, time to try again... If it lets me that is.
Old 06-01-2011, 08:33 PM   #2
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Actually, found out that the sounds only comes when it's reading a CD/DVD or is opening or closing the CD-ROM Drive
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It may hang on an error in the partition table. If you want to use the whole disk for Arch and have not data that you want to keep on it just zero out the partition table.
To do that boot with your Arch CD, login as root and issue the command
dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/sdX bs=512 count=1
where you replace sdX with the drive you use. Be careful to choose the right drive.
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I have had "issues/problems" in the past with the Arch installer
it is a "pain in the ..." sometimes .

in the past what i do is just blank the disk ,leave it unformated
let the installer do what it wants to do .

BUT i normally dual/triple boot
-- if so --
Do a manual partitioning in the arch installer and set up the partitions in the text based parted

then install fedora afterwords

you could do it with fedora first and arch in an already partitioned and formated layout -- but it is not easy .


arch linux, hard drives, partitioning

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