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Old 01-15-2006, 01:51 PM   #1
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partitioning with new installer


Greetings:
I'm trying to switch from RH9.0 to Debian sarge.Apparently I can't use the existing partitions to install onto. But the manual partition mode doesn't really explain what needs to be done. The installer shows this:

#1 primary 2.6 GB fat32
#2 primary 106.9 MB ext3
#3 primary 5.5 GB ext3
#5 logical 263.2 MB swap swap

Do I need to delete 2,3 and 5 and reformat them? I want to keep the fat32 partition. The install manual is not very helpful on this.

Thanks,
reddog
 
Old 01-15-2006, 02:30 PM   #2
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I can't use the existing partitions to install onto.
I'm not sure exactly what you mean. What error messages does the manual partitioner give you?
Try this: in the manual partition mode select #2 (the 109 MB partition) the default setting will be "do not use" select that and hit enter, and you will be given options to configure the partition. You want to use it as /boot, and you want to format it as ext3.

Select the other ext3 partition and "use as" /

THIS WILL RESULT IN THE LOSS OF DATA ON THE NEW /BOOT AND / PARTITIONS
but your fat32 will be left alone.
 
Old 01-15-2006, 02:33 PM   #3
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i think you're on the right way. delete the partitions you DON'T want to keep along with Debian, and use the free space for the installation - here you'll have to choose the method again, finally ending up with the new partitions (number depends on your choise). If you need help with Debian's installer consult it's manual at http://www.us.debian.org/releases/st...6/ch06.html.en

cheers,
vlado ;-)
 
Old 01-15-2006, 02:39 PM   #4
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Hi,

Yes you can delete partition #1, #2 and #5. Leave them as one part of the disc, unformatted.
Then let the install program detect the free space on your disk, and automatically partition it for you.
Per default it will make the whole installation on one partition. (makes it easier for starters as it says).

You can also, pretty easily control the whole thing yourself, here is the docs:

http://www.debian.org/releases/woody...n-partitioning
http://www.debian.org/releases/woody...ioning.en.html

Have fun

Last edited by anti.corp; 01-15-2006 at 02:41 PM.
 
Old 01-16-2006, 12:18 PM   #5
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Thanks for the ideas.I'll check out the links and see if I can get it to work. Thought the existing partitioning would be ok. Guess Debian wants fresh formatting.
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