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Old 09-22-2005, 09:01 PM   #1
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Drive Geometry Problems

Hi Folks,

I had a computer with 6 operating systems on it. These included,
XP, OBSD, Mepis, and various Knoppix systems. I tried to install
Sarge on this computer and ran into problems.

1 I have a separate swap partition for each nix system on the drive.
I told the Sarge installer to only use the swap partition I created
for it. The Sarge installer rewrote all of the swap partitions anyway.

2. The Sarge installer created partitions on my HD that had a different
drive geometry than the others. This caused Partition Magic to
issue a large number of warnings about data loss. Several systems
quit working correctly.

Is there any way to keep the Sarge installer from messing up my HD?


Old 09-23-2005, 02:13 AM   #2
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Is there any way to keep the Sarge installer from messing up my HD?
Yes, there is. In the partition section of Debian-Installer it shows a small image like a skull and crossbones for each partition that it plans to modify. Before you give Debian-Installer the permission to modify your hard drive, make sure that only those partitions which you actually want to be modified are marked with such skull & crossbones image.

Of course, if you've already messed up your hard drive geometry with some unreliable partitioning program BEFORE you install Debian, then troubles are to be expected. Especially *BSDs are known to create problems with multiboot setups. (Try a Google search for "FreeBSD geometry bug".)


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