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Old 12-16-2004, 01:41 AM   #1
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Unhappy Upgrading Red Hat 9 To Fedora 3 - Partitioning & Formatting

I have Red Hat 9 and because the Realtek 8201BL NIC on my new motherboard won't work with the 2.4.x kernel I am considering upgrading to Fedora 3, where presumably the 2.6 kernel will work.

When I ran the installation it appeared that Fedora wanted to wipe out my existing Red Hat partitions. This is bad since I have data there, and since my NIC is gone I can't transfer it to another system.

I don't recall when upgrading from RH 7 -> 8 -> 9 that partitions got wiped out. Is there a way to install Fedora 3 while preserving the data on the disk?

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Old 02-08-2005, 05:30 PM   #2
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they only get wiped out if you have to reformat. you may be able to keep the old partition definitions and tell it to "not format". during the install, you will come to the point where you make partition decisions. it will list the existing partitions. simply edit each one and apply the mount point that it had originally. and then repsond don't format to each one. this way, your partition table doesn't change and no format takes place; all your existing data is still there. it will write over any OS related files, but thats it.


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