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Old 06-17-2009, 01:06 AM   #1
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Patitoning the Drive(s)


hi I know by reading the topic your all probably thinking why in the f**k didn't he just google the topic and well I did and have read alot on the subject but as I am a visual learner most of this is unhelpful so heres the question I went to install opensuse 11.1 on my windows xp machine and everything is going fine except when I get to the partitioning phase of the installation (I guess I should have noted this by now my harddrives acer /C 53.1gigs FAT32 Acerdata /D 53.6 FAT32 and my external harddrive /G 189gigs NTFS) Yast suggests shrinking the windows partition to 25.8 gigs alright but when I click on edit partition setup it shows my /C drive as a whole 53.1 gigs and my /D drive as only 25.(something) so is this where the the partition will be? and also I have a total of 56.9gigsavailable(excluding the external don't really think this needs to be partitioned as it is an external and should be read by any os am I right or wrong)and don't really want to shrink the windows partition as I think this in more than enough space for linux I'm really very clueless when it comes to this as I have never done it before so could someone please give me a step by step guide on how this setting can be achieved? sorry if I appear to be rambling I'm just trying to provide as much info as possible thanks
P.S after I cancelled the installation and booted Windows I had a hellava time trying to get windows to reconize my external it finally seemed to "magically" work after I right clicked on my computer,manage then disc management
 
Old 06-17-2009, 01:17 AM   #2
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Be sure to select "Custom Partition Setup" (or something similar). Don't let the installer choose a partition scheme for you. After that, edit manually the partition scheme, beginning from deleting the Windows D partition, so that you can free some space to put the new OS.

Another hint: unplug the external hard drive while installing. You don't need it during installation. It just make things more complicate.

Finally: since you're a "visual learner", what about using
Code:
. , ; : ! ?
 
Old 06-17-2009, 02:10 AM   #3
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Finally: since you're a "visual learner", what about using
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. , ; : ! ?
what do these symbols mean? how will they help me? your not commenting on my grammer are you? also I don't really want to delete the windows /D (I will if it's the best way) so how can I utilize the space on both drives. also don't know if this is a sign of a faulty burn but I had to reboot my systems like 4 times before it finally read the install disc

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Old 06-17-2009, 02:13 AM   #4
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So, where do you want to install OpenSUSE? On C, D or G? And how much disk space are you planning to use?
 
Old 06-17-2009, 02:19 AM   #5
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Hello,

Depending on your version of Windows you can assign/move free space to the drive used by your linux distro using the disc management. After 'moving' that free space when you are logged into your linux you can use fdisk or the graphical cfdisk (depending on your distro, I have it present in Debian Lenny) to extend any partition with the new available mounting it into where you need it.
 
Old 06-17-2009, 02:20 AM   #6
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well I'd like to install it on on both the /C and /D drives as I would like some space on the /D for downloads when I'm not at home or is this possible and I'd like about 50gigs for suse. and what does . , ; : ! ? mean?

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Old 06-17-2009, 02:26 AM   #7
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Well. I have always found easier to shrink windows xp partitions using the Gparted LiveCD and leave the free space. After that I create the new partition scheme from the Linux installer, using just the newly created free space and leaving the windows partitions untouched. I've never had an issue using this method.
 
Old 06-17-2009, 02:42 AM   #8
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Ah alright thanks I'll do that. Sounds pretty easy, and also if you were commenting on my grammer, I'm gonna have to go with Kurt Vonnegut and say I refuse to use the semicolon as it is the most pointless grammatical mark in the english language just use a coma or a pause.
 
Old 06-17-2009, 06:54 AM   #9
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What people are trying to say is: Please use punctuation and capitals to break up the run-on sentences. As it is, some of your posts are very hard to read.

The semicolon ( ; ) has very specific uses. Kurt Vonnegut is of course not required to use it......
 
  


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