Originally posted by fury
1. Can I setup the partitions some other way? Partition magic gives me the same problem, auto partition from redhat doesnt work, and disk druid gives me that error above.
From what I know, linux devices are listed as follows:
/dev/hda = Master device on Primary IDE channel (IDE0);
/dev/hdb = Slave device on Primary IDE channel (IDE0);
/dev/hdc = Master device on Secondary IDE channel (IDE1);
/dev/hdd = Slave device on Secondary IDE channel (IDE1).
If you are (as you say) using WinXP then I would strongly discourage using any linux partitioning utility UNLESS you are installing on: 1) empty partition(s) which you have already made available, OR 2) a drive which you wish to dedicate totally to linux (thus leaving WinXP alone on another drive).
The reason for this is the NTFS file system which you may (or may not) be running. Partition Magic is a good way to (relatively) safely resize NTFS (or FAT) partitions to ensure that you don't lose data.
2. Can I find out which hard drive is /dev/hda/ from Windows XP or anywhere else? I don't want to accidentally erase my storage partition thinking that it's my windows partition.
Well, how many hard drives are in your system? If you only have one, chances are it is /dev/hda. If this is the drive you want to install to, you will need to allocate space for it (this can be done by Partition Magic...I'm unfamiliar with the errors you say PM is throwing you). The most important bit of information you can provide is how your system is set up. That is, how many hard drives do you have? How are they partitioned? How many CDROM drives to you have? When you are running the RH install, what devices does it give you the option of installing to (assuming you've just got IDE devices, it will only list the hard drives as /dev/hdX). How many devices does it present to you? /dev/hda, /dev/hdb, /dev/hdc, /dev/hdd?
No problem as for the help (if I've been any). I've currently got five OSs (XP, 98, Deb, Slack 9.0 and Slack 9.1) booting off of two hard drives.
Just trying to figure out what your situation is so we can offer more definitive help.