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Old 06-22-2011, 01:31 AM   #1
mancris
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Erase everything on my hard drive before installing Linux


After installation, when starting to boot, I have several choices showing:

1)Ubuntu, w/ Linux 2.6.38-8-generic pae
2)Ubuntu, w/ Linux 2.6.38-8-generic pae (Recovery Mode)
3)Memory test (memtest 86+)
4)Memory test (memtest 86+, serial console 115200
5)Windows Server 2003 For Small Business Server (on /dev/sdd1)

I used #1 and I only have a blank screen.
I used #2 and I went into recovery mode, but I keep getting the error message: "No root
file system is defined. Please correct this from the partition.

I just want to erase all of numbers 1 to 5 and start clean. what should I do?
 
Old 06-22-2011, 01:46 AM   #2
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Since you're using Windows, install that first and just delete the existing partitions when it asks about the partitioning. Then install Ubuntu as usual and have it resize your Windows partition.

If you just want to mess with deleting the partitions you can use GParted Live.
 
Old 06-22-2011, 01:48 AM   #3
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Talking

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Originally Posted by mancris View Post
After installation, when starting to boot, I have several choices showing:

1)Ubuntu, w/ Linux 2.6.38-8-generic pae
2)Ubuntu, w/ Linux 2.6.38-8-generic pae (Recovery Mode)
3)Memory test (memtest 86+)
4)Memory test (memtest 86+, serial console 115200
5)Windows Server 2003 For Small Business Server (on /dev/sdd1)

I used #1 and I only have a blank screen.
I used #2 and I went into recovery mode, but I keep getting the error message: "No root
file system is defined. Please correct this from the partition.

I just want to erase all of numbers 1 to 5 and start clean. what should I do?
Did you try to delete all partition when you perform live installation.
There's an option when you are installing a linux distro that you can delete the recent partition in a certain Hard Drive or its called "Custom Partitioning / Something like that".

Please read carefully the installation process.


Or try using Win XP Installer or any other windows installer you have, to delete all the partition, after deleting partition and make it as one partition
press F3 or reboot your computer thats the time you need to insert the Ubuntu live CD.

Maybe this one helps.

Last edited by tailinlinux; 06-22-2011 at 01:51 AM.
 
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Old 06-22-2011, 01:53 AM   #4
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Suggest downloading System Rescue CD 1.3.5 -- oldy but goody --(http://sourceforge.net/projects/syst...ccd-x86/1.3.5/),
burning it to CD at no more than 8X,
booting to it on the PC in question.
Hit default four or five times [Enter]
and, at the multi-colored prompt on the page that asks user
to enter either "wizard" or "startx", type in the command which
will wipe your entire hard drive with zeros --

dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/sda bs=4096 conv=notrun,sync

When it's done (make a sandwich, it will take a while) you will
see some stats (four lines) ending in "xx MB/s"

Type in 'startx' at the prompt, which will bring up a yellow-
colored terminal window. In this window, at the prompt there,
type in 'gparted.'

Best wishes!
 
Old 06-22-2011, 02:59 AM   #5
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If you erase 5) you'll lose windows too. If you are ok with it, in your ubuntu installer you will have an option to use the whole disk. if you check this option, your HD will get formatted and ubuntu will install itself.
If you want separate partitions you can create them using the live cd. Open gparted, delete all the partitions that it shows and create new ones to the sizes that you want. after that install into the partition that you set aside for the OS.
 
Old 06-22-2011, 04:15 AM   #6
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Thanks for all your kind help and replies.

I also want to put the partitions---=/home, /tmp and /var that's described in The Official Ubuntu book.
But it doesn't say how to do this. Can someone please send me a link describing how this is done exactly? Thanks.
 
Old 06-22-2011, 04:58 AM   #7
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Choose the Manual partitioning option during installation. I don't think you need separate /tmp and /var partitions, just / and /home, and swap.
 
Old 06-22-2011, 04:24 PM   #8
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Slackware Linux Essentials explains very well -- the minimum partitions required are, as brianL notes, the root (/) and /home and swap.

When I know I will be copying DVDs, for example, I like to use a 4.6 - 5.0GB /tmp partiton, usually part of an extended parition also containing the swap. It is really a matter of personal needs and personal choice. ext4 is my file system of choice for linux nowadays, making the /tmp either ext2 or ReiserFS.

Any other suggestions as to file systems ("anything but NTFS" is my motto) and why for mancris?

Best wishes!

Last edited by SalmonEater; 06-22-2011 at 04:30 PM.
 
Old 06-25-2011, 02:39 PM   #9
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I'm a complete newcomer to this forum. Again, I want to repeat my gratitude to all of you. I've been a 15 year veteran of WINDOWS--FROM MSDOS to WINDOWS 2000 PRO. I have been a MAC user for 2 years and
I have been attracted to the "Open Source" philosophy via Linux. I've never seen a more responsive and helpful bunch. Thanks again again for all your tips. God bless and power to all!
 
  


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