Hokay ... that is a good start. I did the formatting and checking, but I am looking towards the setting up of a distribution on a CD where you follow the steps set up in an initial expert installation, on a whole bunch of PC's.
We have a lot of old manky refurbished PC's here from US and I want to find a way of making them operational and avoid the loathsome legal issues of pre-installing WinOS's. Mandrake is kinda friendly to look at, and I thought that this would be a good one to look at, however I do not know what to do about preliminary checking of hard disk volumes.
Now that this is out of the way, thanks for the information.