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Old 04-01-2007, 09:26 PM   #1
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Moving from Ubuntu to Slackware - should I reformat?


I have an old Pentium III, 128MB RAM w/ 80 GB ATA hard drive. Its running Ubuntu, but Ubuntu is a little too user-friendly and i've gone lazy and not really learned much about linux. Enter Slackware...

Ive burned the Slackware ISO's and im at the beginning stages where I would normally use fdisk to to set up the linux partitions. But im a little confused because these partitions already exist due to Ubuntu, I just want to erase all the data. I have two questions:

1) Should I use fdisk to re-partition the drive &

2) How do you do this?

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Old 04-01-2007, 09:31 PM   #2
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Slackware will offer to let you format the partition as you install it
You can choose a quick format, or a full format, or no format.
If it were me, and it has been a few times, I would do the full format. It isn't absolutely necessary, but I like to start fresh.
Congrats on your decision; I felt the exact same way when I loaded Ubuntu for the first time. Within 2 days, I had Slackware installed and never looked back. I love it.

Also, while you could use something like 'cfdisk /dev/hda1' or something similar, the easiest way to learn about commands like fdisk and cfdisk and parted (this is the command-line version of Gparted, as you would see in ubuntu) is to use the manual pages.
In a console, typing 'man cfdisk' or 'cfdisk --help' will show you the help page for a given function.

So--- On with your Slackware install and remember, it will offer to let you format the partition when you run the installer.
PS - I like Ext2 as a filesystem. You could use one of 2 other formats, but personally, I have had perfect success and ease of use with Ext2.

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Old 04-01-2007, 09:45 PM   #3
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Great, full re-format it will be! I was thrown off because of all the fdisk warnings/instructions at the beginning.

BTW, what is the difference between fdisk and cdisk? Same thing?
 
Old 04-01-2007, 09:48 PM   #4
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Basically, though they are similar/basically the same, there are lots of varying reports that one or the other is more reliable, and one is somewhat sketchy.. I don't recall which is which so don't quote me, but I think cfdisk is the better one.
You'd get a decent idea by checking the docs for each, and making a comparison. I have seen some threads on the subject around here too.
It may also be the case that cfdisk has more features, but again, I have not very much experience using either.

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Old 04-01-2007, 09:50 PM   #5
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Great, thanks for your help!
 
Old 04-01-2007, 09:52 PM   #6
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Not at all Welcome to LQ, and to Slackware!
 
Old 04-01-2007, 10:42 PM   #7
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The only major difference between cfdisk and fdisk (as far as I know) is that cfdisk is intended to be a little more user friendly aka easier to use.
 
  


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