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Old 07-04-2004, 01:01 PM   #1
Melon
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Why did Mandrake create 2 partitions on my disk?


I haven't installed Mandrake yet, but used the Mandrake 9.2 installation CD just to create the appropriate partitions on disk for Mandrake 10 - I did it because I want a dual boot with Windows 2003 (NTFS) and I've read there is a bug in Mdk10 which can make my computer unbootable. So the disk partitioning with 9.2 was successfull and Windows runs with no problems and the Mandrake 10 installer sees the new Linux ext3 partitions. And I'm wondering why did Mandrake wizard create 2 linux partitions? I chose "install on the Windows partition" and I was only asked for the size of the Windows partition I want to keep. Now I have 2 ext3 partitions: about 5GB and 3GB - I don't think I need 2, can I make 1 partition out of these 2? How? Or is it better to leave them as they are?
 
Old 07-04-2004, 01:58 PM   #2
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just delete them and create just one partition from the resulting freespace. Why not use Mandrake 10's own partitioning tool coz the booting bug has nothing to do with Mandrake 10 creating partitions. The bug that causes problems with booting is in GRUB (the bootloader), so installing LILO should boot your system without problems.
 
Old 07-04-2004, 02:28 PM   #3
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just delete them and create just one partition from the resulting freespace
How do I delete them? With the partition Wizard at the installation?

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The bug that causes problems with booting is in GRUB (the bootloader), so installing LILO should boot your system without problems.
Sorry, I'm new to Linux and don't know what LILO is - so how and when do I install LILO? Will I be asked if I want to install LILO instead of GRUB (?) in the installation process of Madrake?

For the time being I will also be happy with starting linux from a boot floppy or cd if that is simpler but I don't know how to do it. I'm not experienced in Linux and I want the simplest solution so that I don't screw things up and lose my windows installation or data.

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Old 07-05-2004, 06:21 AM   #4
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You may need to go to the mandrakelinux website http://www.mandrakelinux.com for an in depth setup guide. It's usually good to have the root partition (/) and the /home partition seperate so that if you upgrade your system all the files in your home folder are kept intact and I think thats why Mandrake created two partitions.

There are two main methods for installation, the express installation where there are few options and the expert installation which gives you more control of the process. When your computer boots up from the Mandrake 9.x or 10 cd type "F1" then "expert" and you'll be in expert mode. When it comes to partitioning, choose custom and then delete the linux partitions. Create a single linux root (/) partition and fill up the entire disk space if you don't want to leave any free space and continue with the install process.

When you get to the configuration of services and bootup, ensure the choice for the bootloader says "lilo" and not "grub" . You can also choose to install lilo on a floppy as a back up or as the main method of booting into Linux without overwriting your current system settings. It's usually safe to start linux from the hard disk because LILO and GRUB recognise windows and it's included in the boot menu, so you can choose which OS you want to run when your system starts up. If you need more info on LILO and GRUB try using google.
 
  


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