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Old 10-26-2004, 03:33 PM   #1
sarysa
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Bad blocks on /root partition


(bolded questions for the skip-readers =p)

Ok, I'm trying to install Red Hat 9.0. Mainly plan to use it for development and goofing around. Problem is, I can't install more than like 1.6 1.7 gigs of it before I hit bad blocks and it borks. (cd activity stops, just sits there, have to reboot...)

I tried running fsck -c from knoppix. Even tried fsck -c -f -y. Didn't say anything about the bad blocks except that it was looking for them. (but the installer detected them...then quit and wouldn't let me install instead of isolating them like a good little installer...)

So, is there another way to isolate them?

Anywho, I don't know if my bad blocks are isolated to the early portion of my drive, and I have a big portion left of that space...perhaps I could take 20gigs of it and turn it to ext3. (if possible) How would I go about shaving the end part of that large ntfs partition without messing it up?

Also, how would I turn those problem partitions I mentioned back to fat32?

Finally, since I'm considering just buying a new HD altogether, does RedHat 9.0 support external USB hard drives? If so, what would the device name be?

Thanks in advance for any help you can give...

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Old 10-26-2004, 03:58 PM   #2
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I could imagine that, at least if you upgrade your kernel, you get support for usb-HDs. RH9 quite surely supports too, but the newer the kernel, the better...

also, did I understand you were trying to install linux on ntfs? I hope I read wrong...reading ntfs works somehow, but writing to that is another matter (a bad one). fat isn't much better...I'd say take some space and make it ext2 or ext3 or something, then install your linux on that. it's quite easy to take it from the end of the partition, I guess, if you don't want to repartition the whole thing. I haven't done it myself, but search google, it helps...
 
Old 10-26-2004, 04:17 PM   #3
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nope...one thing I'm thinking of doing is:

Turning the end 20gb of my 100+ gb ntfs partition into ext3. Never deleted a single file on that huge partition, ever, so I'd imagine all data would be right at the beginning? (meaning the last 20gb would be safe for plucking...)
After that, I want to turn the two partitions I tried to install Linux on (both Linux formats!) back into fat32. I plan on installing another version of win on them sometime, lol. But win doesn't seem to realize those partitions exist...

I have no clue how to make Disk Druid make another partition either...currently my big HD is split into four...little HD is filled up, don't want to mess with it.

BTW, what is the device name for the USB hd? Like hda = master, hdb = slave...
 
  


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