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Old 02-23-2005, 04:35 AM   #1
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do i need to format


hi I am wanting to run a dual boot system ( xp/ mandrake)

I have a drive that I just use for storage, it is not partitioned.

XP runs on its own seperate drive.

Do I need to format my storage drive, and lose the data already on there (which I don't want to do) , so I can install mandrake on this drive.

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Old 02-23-2005, 04:37 AM   #2
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No, Mandrake can do that for you.
 
Old 02-23-2005, 04:41 AM   #3
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I have a drive that I just use for storage, it is not partitioned.
By this you probably mean the whole drive has only one big partition.
There is no way to have stored data in a drive that is not partitioned
 
Old 02-23-2005, 04:42 AM   #4
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Thank you

How will mandrake sit on this drive, will it create its own partition ?

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I thought partitioning was splitting a drive into several areas ?

it is formatted; but not partitioned
 
Old 02-23-2005, 04:46 AM   #6
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Technically, it is partitioned into one big drive. Mandrake will allow you to resize that partition, saving your original data, which I understand is your intent.
 
Old 02-23-2005, 04:49 AM   #7
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yeah thats what I want to do thanks v much
 
Old 02-23-2005, 04:56 AM   #8
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Originally posted by ceborame
it is formatted; but not partitioned
It must be both to be usable. Try the following definition;
"(computer science) the part of a hard disk that is dedicated to a particular operating system or application and accessed as a single unit".

Good enough for now.

Do *NOT* attempt a resizing without taking a backup first.
 
Old 02-23-2005, 05:04 AM   #9
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Is bashing newbies a pleasurable pastime for some of you people.

I think you all know what I meant and what I am trying to do !

tut
 
Old 02-23-2005, 05:21 AM   #10
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Originally posted by syg00
It must be both to be usable. Try the following definition;
"(computer science) the part of a hard disk that is dedicated to a particular operating system or application and accessed as a single unit".

Good enough for now.

Do *NOT* attempt a resizing without taking a backup first.
I only agree with the second part of the definition: and accessed as a single unit
A partition does not have to be dedicated to a particular operating system or application.
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I thought partitioning was splitting a drive into several areas ?
it is formatted; but not partitioned
No when you buy a hard disk, you cannot format it. first you use fdisk or any other program to create a partition table. The partition table may contain only one primary partition (the hole drive). Then you format the partition(s), which means create a filesystem in the drive.
In Unix/Linux language the hard drive is a device like hda. The first patition is hda1. You need both to make a hard drive usable. You don't mount or format hda (the drive), you mount format hda1 (the partition)
 
Old 02-23-2005, 05:31 AM   #11
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Is bashing newbies a pleasurable pastime for some of you people.
I responded civilly to your query - I won't bother again.
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I think you all know what I meant and what I am trying to do !
You asked and were answered - with an attitiude like that, personally I no longer care.
 
Old 02-23-2005, 06:24 AM   #12
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Actually, I think it raised some good points for later use. Knowledge is never wasted.
But yes, the Mandy installer can create a partition from unused space.
 
  


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