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Old 02-14-2008, 09:28 PM   #1
jubei hitokiri
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Problem with partitioning during SuSe 10.3 install.


Hi, I have been using Linux for a little while now in school, and I have been interested in it for a while, but this is my first time trying to install it. I am trying to install OpenSuSe 10.3 on my Windows XP machine so I can dual boot it.

I had no problems during installation until I had to change the partitions because the proposed ones used all the remaining space on the hard drive. I resized my Windows partition to 148GB, and created an extended partition of 30GB. I then created a 640MB swap partition, 12GB /root partition with an ext3 format, and a 17GB /Home partition with a ext3 format.

When I started installation, resizing went fine, but then it failed while making the swap partition. It then exited into a more basic installation screen that had the same options as the beginning of the normal one. I chose to start the installation again, and it said that "the drive letter can not be identified." I could not add or change any of the partitions in the installer.

I tried to use Partition Magic to see if I could fix it that way, but, even though it shows all the partitions and drive letters in the partition info program, the actual partition program says "drive letter can not be identified."

How can I fix the messed up partitions on the hard drive? is there any way without formating the whole thing?
 
Old 02-14-2008, 10:07 PM   #2
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Exclamation Problems with partitioning during suse10.3 install

So if I understand you well partition magic could not delete the partition
made by suse.
What happens if you start the installation again Go in to the Expert Option
again and delete ONLY the LINUX partitions.
I have not yet use the expert option in suse 10.3 but a lot of times
in suse 9.3 and as far as I remember I have only to make a swap file and a lunix native file and if you,re internal memory is let say 2 Gig or more a swap file is not really needed
But again as far as I remember he also ask you for a mount point.

I hope this will be little help
 
Old 02-15-2008, 05:27 PM   #3
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Suse likes 2gb for swap. Anything less it won't take. Put it in expert then delete all of the linux partitions you made. Then have it make a LVM Partition. This should solve your problem. Open Suse 10.2 & 10.3 automatically make 2gig swap partitions. Using the lvm will save you some problems.
 
Old 02-16-2008, 11:52 PM   #4
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Well, that is the problem. The installer, even in expert, and Partition Magic both say that the "partition's drive letter can not be identified" and so they won't let me modify the partitions.

Last edited by jubei hitokiri; 02-16-2008 at 11:57 PM.
 
Old 02-18-2008, 12:27 AM   #5
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Lightbulb Problems with partitioning during suse10.3 install

There are programs who can delete a logical drive but also a partition
Benefit of deleting a partition is that it is not needed to mention the name of the logical drive after deleting you create it again

Fore that purpose I still use a old dos utility
Try to find one

Reinstalling windows is the last option because you have register again by
Microsoft


good luck
 
  


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