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Old 07-19-2007, 01:32 AM   #1
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Slackware 12 Install - Fdisk problems

I am in the proccess of trying to install Slackware. I have gotten as far as creating the install disk and getting it to boot to the install menu.

My problem arrives when it is time to partition the hard drive.

I currently have ONE partition, my windows partition. It is a small partition.

When I ask linux to:

fdisk /dev/hda it returs

cannont open /dev/hda

I have tried:


I have even tried the slave under dev. No luck.

cfdisk also returns an error of UNABLE TO OPEN DISK.

I have searched google and nothing seems to help!
Old 07-19-2007, 02:19 AM   #2
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Try getting the gparted livecd here:

It's a bootable livecd that features the gparted partitioning application which is a Partition Magic clone. It's much easier to use than the command line utilities.
Old 07-19-2007, 03:17 AM   #3
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Figured it out!

Did a little poking around and using /dev/sda is what I needed to be using!
Old 07-19-2007, 02:47 PM   #4
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Glad it worked out. In the future if you want to know how your system is labeling your hard drives you can run:

# fdisk -l

and that will list all drives and partitions that your system recognizes, whether mounted or not. Right now, the kernel is changing how it handles pata hard drives and moving from hdx to sdx notation for everything so it can be confusing.


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