Originally posted by bonsai or die
So how can I clear out my hard drive before installation?
Strange question. I'm presuming that you're meaning that you're gonna dump the Mac OSX ???
Normally with mandrake (on a PC that is), it opens with "install press enter, for more options hit F1". You can literally follow the prompts, BUT when it gets to the partitioning bit, it will ask if you want to use entire disk, existing partitions, etc etc I think I'm correct in saying that it depends on how many options you get, as to how your HDD is set up. There is usually an option to "use entire hard disk".
Personally, experience has taught me that i like to have 4 partitions. /boot, /swap, /root and /home. Mandrake is capable of doing that all for you, though you might want to have a look at the "expert/advanced" mode.
At the end of the day, if you are going to use the whole hard drive, just except all the defaults, let the partitioning facility use the whole hard drive, and just carry on excepting the defaults. The bootloader should be on the first part of the drive.
If you have access to software that will make some space on your hard drive, then it's just as simple to let the partitioner "use empty space", still except defaults and then let the bootloader install to the first part of hard drive and bingo you have a dual boot facility.
Which ever way, as long as you have the install discs, if you screw things up, you can just re-install until you "get the hang" of how you want things.
The main reason for having a seperate /home partition is because anything that I do in respect of customisation, mail, personal data, etc etc, is usually stored in the /home, if it's a seperate partition, then if you have to re-install, you just tell it to re-install to the /root partition, and provided you install all the same packages, you won't loose any of those customisations, mail stuff or personal data.
p.s. and no I've never installed a PPC version either, but I did put 2005 LE on my hard drive last night!