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Old 03-17-2006, 11:40 AM   #1
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Formatting HDD

I decided to install Fedora Core 4 on an old Fujitsu laptop as a way of minimising (if not eradicating) internet malware. This will become the only part of my 3 computer network that will face the outside world.

The loading of the FC4 DVD went smoothly however I subsequently realised that I loaded everything! My HDD is only 10Gb and I have 5Gb of software, most of which is totally superfluous to my modest requirements.

Once I become more familiar with Linux & Fedora I intend to eventually move completely away from the evil empire (Microsoft).

My questions are;
1. How do I format the HDD so I can start a fresh installation?
2. What modules should I install?
Initially I only want to access the internet, Fedora's version of 'Outlook', Adobe Reader and Fedora's 'Word' program.

Any help will be gratefully received.
Old 03-17-2006, 12:10 PM   #2
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When you boot from your installation CD, it should give you the option of formatting and partitioning the drives before you begin.

I can't remember what the package options are, but you could try going for a minimal install (if that's an option). Once that is done, set up yum (there are many sets of instructions on how to do that on this site, and on, and on stanton finley's setup guide, and probably on The packages you'll probably want are
yum install firefox
yum install
yum install thunderbird
yum install acroread
These will probably need other dependencies, so if it tells you it wants to install other packages too, don't worry! If you get stuck with yum, have a search around on these forums and on Google, like I said there are many guides about. If you need more advice, ask!
Old 03-17-2006, 12:28 PM   #3
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Dear Gethyn,
Thanks for the prompt reply.

When I boot up with the DVD it doesn't give me the option to format.
Does this mean that the installation DVD is incomplete?

Old 03-17-2006, 03:27 PM   #4
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no it means ur not looking hard enough incomplete dvd wouldnt have installed in teh first place..Look at all the options available well..When you installed the first time you had to format your hdd so you can do it again now
Old 03-18-2006, 02:30 AM   #5
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Recent Fedora Core install

I loaded Fedora Core 4 on a pentium 3 with a 4 gig hd the other day.
I selected custom install because I have had troubles with the automatic partitioner.
I used the disk druid and set out to make only a 2 gig '/' partition, a 380 Mb swap partition and a 2 gig 'home' partition.
I wanted just the Gnome desktop and apache, samba, some programming tools and a couple of other things. I also selected spanish and vietnamese as secondary languages. Before commiting, I noticed that the gigs were more than I had room for in the root partition and I was afraid that it wouldn't work so I backed up all the way to the druid and edited up with a larger '/', the same swap (box has 256 Mb ram), a 500 Mb 'home' and a small vfat partition for maybe the Samba to use.
I have noticed in the past that I have to double check that the check box for 'format' is checked in the disk druid for each partition that I create for sure or sometimes the installer tries to install without formatting first and then says it can't finish.
I have no idea what the best way to partition a hard drive is, but this worked.
I seem to be missing a lot of the html docs I have been looking forward to studying, though.


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