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Old 07-27-2009, 06:45 PM   #1
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problem using gparted after wiping hd with dban


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I have a hard drive that was wiped with Darik's Boot and Nuke.

I am trying to install Puppy Linux.

In order to install Puppy, I need to format the hard drive.

I am using GParted to format the hard drive.

When I let GParted do it's thing (default settings) I get this:
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[     12.061109] ide-cd: hdb: weird block size 527966072
[     12.061109] ide-cd: hdb: default to 2kb block size
Any suggestions?
 
Old 07-27-2009, 07:16 PM   #2
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Hi,

What happens when you use 'fdisk /dev/hdb' to create your partitions?

If you use 'fdisk' to create the necessary partitions for your install you will need to create the filesystem.

For the swap you will use 'mkswap -c /dev/hdb1' (if you create the hdb1 as a swap( linux type 82). Then if you create a '/dev/hdb2' as your second partition in 'fdisk' you can then create a ext2 filesystem by 'mke2fs -c /dev/hdb2'.

You should 'man' the command for understanding.

BTW, the block size most use is '4096'. Dban left the stale block size and parted default inode is set to '2048'. So parted formatted with '2048' block size.
 
Old 07-27-2009, 07:39 PM   #3
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OK, let me clarify: I put a cd with gparted-live-0.4.5-2.iso burned to it into the computer. I then booted the computer. I did not press any keys;I let gparted do it's thing automatically. It shows lots of white-on-gray text, then stops at "default to 2kb block size." It does not allow me to type anything. Got it?
 
Old 07-27-2009, 08:47 PM   #4
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Hi,

I know how gparted functions. You did confirm the 'md5sum' for the LiveCD image, right? If not and the ISO has errors then it won't function properly for you. After you check the ISO, be sure to check the cd/dvd image you have burnt to confirm that it is OK.

As for using the fdisk, mkswap and mke2fs I'm stating that you can use your install disk or any Livcd to setup the partition(s) with the filesystem. The block size default is 2048 for gparted. If that's acceptable to you then so be it. Go as you wish.
 
Old 07-27-2009, 09:16 PM   #5
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I do not know how to check a cd for errors after it has been burned, but I am fairly confident that there are none. As for using my Puppy LiveCD to set up the partions, I am not able to do this because the boot stops at Performing a 'switch_root' to the layered filesystem...Kernel panic - not syncing: Attempted to kill init!
 
Old 07-27-2009, 09:34 PM   #6
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Hi,

If you use M$ then look at using 'md5sum.exe'.

If you downloaded the cd/dvd iso then be sure to check the md5sum for the original iso. From the cli on GNU/Linux;

Code:
~#cd /downloadisolocation      #cdromiso.iso cdromiso.md5 

~#md5sum -c cdromiso.md5       #substitute the correct name to check
If the iso md5 is ok then you should try 'CdromMd5sumsAfterBurning''.

This way you will know if the burn was OK!

This will check the download iso with the known md5sum that you also get with the iso as a text file that contains the signature.

The above links and others available from 'Slackware-Links'. More than just SlackwareŽ links!
 
  


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