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Old 03-24-2004, 10:06 AM   #1
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Question YaST setup and HD partition


Hi all,

I'm trying to install SuSE 9.0 on a machine that already has Windows XP on it. Here are my current partitions:

C: ~30 GB
D: ~40 GB
E: ~20 GB

Currently C: is my Windows OS partition, while D: holds my documents, mp3s, videos, etc (everything currently in NTFS). I'd like to install SuSE in the space that is currently my E: drive, but how would I go about this?

I went into the YaST setup, and it gave a default partition setup, but I rejected it since it involved splitting the C: partition and installing Linux there. I want to manually tell it to install in the E: space. Can I dual-boot properly if I install Linux that way? Also what will I need to mount in terms of directories such as /; /usr; /boot; etc?

Don't worry, I'll make sure to backup my data too. Still if I can do this without screwing anything up, I'd prefer to do it that way.

Thanks!
 
Old 03-24-2004, 01:33 PM   #2
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Anyone? Sorry to have to bump...
 
Old 03-24-2004, 01:45 PM   #3
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In Linux, devices have names like hda, hda1, hda2, hdc, hdd1. Assuming you have only IDE controllers and your hd is the first drive, I can guess you partitions:
C: most likely hda1
D: hda2 or hda5
E: hda3 or hda6

In the SuSE installtion, pick the manual partitioning option. Then delete the last partition (hda3 or hda6), which probably is your E:. You can then create Linux partitions in the empty space.

Last edited by aaa; 03-24-2004 at 01:54 PM.
 
Old 03-24-2004, 01:51 PM   #4
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Ok cool. Yeah I noticed that while C: was listed as hda1, D: and E: were hda5 and hda6. I thought maybe there was a problem or something.

So after I delete E: (aka hda6), I'll need various other partitions in that space, right? I guess I can make a lot of different partitions with 20 GB of room. But does the /boot partition need to be created? Also, will I be able to configure Lilo during installation?

Sorry for all the questions, I just like to do things right the first time, if possible.
 
Old 03-24-2004, 02:03 PM   #5
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Partitions:
You need at least two, '/' and swap
/boot is extra. It is useful for old pcs that don't support >8gb hd, and also for more than one distro installed on the same hd. See the Partition-HOWTO at www.tldp.org

I think you will be asked where to install the bootloader:
MBR - Linux loader loads Windows.
Root partition - Something else loads Linux
Floppy - you boot from floppy disk

If you don't want to use the Linux Loader (LILO) to load Windows, install to root and see this:
http://www.linuxsolved.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=125
Or install to floppy.
The 'fixmbr' command from the XP cd can restore the Windows loader.

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Old 03-24-2004, 04:06 PM   #6
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Thanks for the links. Can't wait to get started!
 
Old 03-24-2004, 05:44 PM   #7
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The easy way is to pick the partition and yast wil create everything for you.david
 
Old 03-25-2004, 12:00 PM   #8
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Thanks, I'm sure YaST is pretty intelligent, so hopefully it works without too many hitches.
 
  


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