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Old 03-21-2005, 07:00 PM   #16
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What you have described is fine, but I would like to point out one area of potential confusion on your part.

If you keep the partitions as they are, then you can go by the current partition numbering scheme. Please remember that when you go to install mandrake, it will see the partitions, but will not know them by name - just number - and will ask you to specify a particular point point for each one. It will likely recognize hda9 as the SWAP file and designate it as such from the get-go. Then it will ask you to designate the partition you wish to be /, /home, whatever.

Now bear in mind, I have never used Mandrake so I don't know what the installer is like and it may ask you the same thing but in a different manner or order. You may also need to choose some kind of custom partioning option as opposed to a default configuration.

I have always partitioned my drives prior to the installation, then told the installer what mountpoint to use for each partition. If you were to follow my advice and combine the three partitions into one, then the numbering of the partions would change. /home would be hda5,
/ would be hda6, and swap would be hda7. Whatever you do, it is always wise to write down on a piece of paper what your current partion scheme is and what mount points you want where - particularly if you DON'T want to format whatever partition you have as /home.

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Old 03-21-2005, 07:09 PM   #17
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Ok thanks for the explaination. So what will I have to do when the partition window pops up? Im still a bit confused but getting bit by bit.

Cant you just write down a example for me? I would appreciate it. Im also a visual learner.

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Old 03-21-2005, 07:42 PM   #18
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I don't think I can describe to you what you are going to see step-by-step because, as I said before, I do not now - nor have I ever - used mandrake. Most likely, you will need to delete hda8 and hda7 and then resize hda6 to take up the unalocated space that was created by deleting them. How the partitioner will present these options to you is not something I know for certain.

Remember, this is only a suggestion. You don't have to do this, but I think you will be happier in the long run this way. If it causes you too much anxiety, then leave it be until you are more comfortable with linux.

While I admire your desire to be prepared, sometimes you just need to jump in and hope there's water in the pool. Only way to learn. Do a search here and on the web. These are not new questions. The Mandrake site probably has some howto's as well.

Oh and don't forget to back up what you can't afford to lose.

Have Fun.
 
Old 03-21-2005, 08:22 PM   #19
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Ok, so I think its just best to just remove all of the Linux partitions and then you could tell me which ones to create and what sizes to creat for each one, to make it more simple.

I think this is the best. And anyway.... Im happy with 9.1 for now. I could do the basic things that I want to do like the Internet and write documents, thats all. So, why fix it if its not broke...

I just want to get prepared incase I do want to upgrade (which I will be eventually doing down the road)

Just please explain that upon removal of the current partitions, what will I have to create and which sizes to create for the Linux partitions when I do a fresh install. I think that option will be easier than rearrange the whole thing here.

Please explain in brief, on what to create and what sizes for ech to create from scratch.



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Old 03-22-2005, 06:57 PM   #20
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Ok, so I think its just best to just remove all of the Linux partitions and then you could tell me which ones to create and what sizes to creat for each one, to make it more simple.
 
  


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