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Old 11-17-2003, 05:21 PM   #1
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could not allocate requested partition


I have IBM IntelliStation MPro with 8GB SCSI drive.
This is the only drive on this PC.
I used Partition Magic to create a primary partition and set it to be active.
I selected type as Ext2.
I am trying to install Red Hat 9 using Kick Start diskette.
After loading for Driver Diskette I find the install halts with this message:
"Error Partitioning
Could not allocate requested partitions:
Partitioning failed: Could not allocate partitions as primary partitions."

Where am I going wrong?
 
Old 11-17-2003, 05:26 PM   #2
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yet another PM problem. Anyway, you did not give a whole lot of info. Like, how many partitions do you have on that drive. Are you also running windows off it?
If you do not have windows or any valueable data on that drive, just allow RH to delete all your partitions there, and let it repartition as it sees fit. Do not use PM to setup your Linux partitions.
 
Old 11-17-2003, 06:40 PM   #3
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The default install for RH actually creates 3 partitions. Since you created one that filled the entire disk the installer could not create additional partitions.

I would delete the existing partition and let the installer do all work by selecting auto partition. I would suggest reading the install documentation at RH's website.
 
Old 11-17-2003, 06:52 PM   #4
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I acknowledge my partition scheme is wrong )
Can you perhaps suggest what 3 partitions I should create?
There is presently nothing on the harddrive and it is available for
any configuration I can throw at it to install RH.
Thx. Tosh.
 
Old 11-17-2003, 06:58 PM   #5
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yeah, this is the question that bugs most newbies. Remember this basic layout for partitions, and you cannot go wrong:

100MB from start of drive mount /boot, filesystem ext2
[your ram amount] * 2 (minimum of 128 mb) swap, filesystem...swap
rest from swap till very end, mount /, filesystem (recommended) ext3 or ReiserFS

Never use PM set them up, Linux partitioning tools are there to do it for you.
Optionally you can separate /var, /home, and /usr on their own partitions, but that is not really needed.

Last edited by Mikhail_16; 11-17-2003 at 07:00 PM.
 
Old 11-17-2003, 07:08 PM   #6
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Check it out.
http://www.redhat.com/docs/manuals/l...teps-type.html
 
  


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