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Old 03-18-2004, 02:56 PM   #1
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Beginner's question on partitioning


sry to say so but i'm a complete newbie to linux...

i intend to install fedora core 1 on the following system

HD1

C: | hda --> NTFS --> WinXP Pro
D: | hdb --> NTFS --> Data


HD 2

E: | hdc --> NTFS --> Empty
F: | hdd --> NTFS --> Data
G: | hde --> FAT32 --> Data

I want to install Fedora on E: as this is the first partition of my second hard drive. My question is: Will my data on Partitions F: and G: be deleted if I use the automated partitioning?

Thanks for the answer in advance
 
Old 03-18-2004, 03:25 PM   #2
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Welcome to LinuxQuestions.

I've never installed FC1 but from other posts it appears to be similar to RH.
See below for documentation:
https://www.redhat.com/docs/manuals/...kpartauto.html

Depending on your selections you could delete all of the partitions.

Did you reassign the drive letters? Windows will typically assigns C to the first primary partition of the first hard drive it finds. D to the next hard drive first primary partition then assign the other partitions. So:

HD1
C:
E:

HD2
D:
F:
G:

I will assume that you do not have any unallocated drive space. If you read the documentation for auto partitioning the installer actually will create 3 partitions. i.e.
/ (root)
/boot
swap

I will also assume that if you created all the partitions in windows the two you call F & G are logical partitions. Which means you should be able to create 3 primary partitions. What you want to do is delete what you call E and then select auto partiton using unallocated space on that drive.

You need to make sure that you select the correct drive. IDE Drive devices are as follows:
1st controller master - /dev/hda
1st controller slave - /dev/hdb
2nd controller master - /dev/hdc
2nd controller slave - /dev/hdd
etc....
 
Old 03-18-2004, 04:03 PM   #3
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Well, if you want to spend a bit of cash to do it and make sure it is good, get Partition Magic. It is a very nice app In it, you can delete partitions, resize, convert from ntfs to fat32, make etc...

It is a lot better than the stupid driud that came with FC1. I hate that thing, it wont work for me and I had to do it manually iwth PM and then install. You can install it on D: but the d partition will be erased. Use the manual thing, with the druid, and format the D: part as EXT3 or whatever you want. But remember, you also must have a swap partition, which in a general rule is twice your ram.
 
Old 03-18-2004, 05:54 PM   #4
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thanks for the answers so far...

@michaelk: i checked to make sure that the drive letters i used really belong to the hard drives i described... the result was:

HD 1 consists of:

C: Primary Partition NTFS
D: Logical Partition NTFS


HD 2 consists of:

E: Logical Partition NTFS \
F: Logical Partition NTFS |-> make up a so-called extended partition
G: Logical Partition FAT3 /

If I setup Fedora on E: partition (after having it reformated with DiskDruid, I guess?), will all my data on F: and G: get lost?

I believe one option would be to backup all data from Partitions F: and G: to my first HD, and then let the Automatic Partition Agent integrated into the Fedora installation routine (called Anaconda) handle it, wouldn' it?
 
Old 03-18-2004, 06:23 PM   #5
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I wouldnt trust the automatic one. Do it manually, it is not harder. It is actually quite simple, but be sure to make a swap partition too.
 
  


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