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Old 12-10-2006, 05:45 PM   #1
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Saving to Linux Partition on HD (Suse 10.1) using LiveCD (Kanotix)

I've done a standard install of Suse 10.1 on my hard drive and it's a disaster. Won't update; is slower than a glacier; nothing installs well. I don't want to do a complete reinstall yet, though (and probably won't with Suse). I'm happy to work with a nifty and superquick LiveCD distribution called Kanotix.

Will there be compatibility problems if I try to save to the Suse partition on my hard drive using programs on the Kanotix LiveCD? That is, will Kanotix try to save data in FAT16 format, for example, when the hard drive is actually formatted in, say, ReiserFS?

In point of fact I don't know what format Suse formatted my hard drive in, and am wondering would Kanotix automatically recognize the format anyway and save in that?

Basically, I'm just afraid of making my HD unusable by saving using a LiveCD.

There is no XP partition on my HD, by the way.
Old 12-10-2006, 06:10 PM   #2
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Boot Kanotix. It will create mount points for other partitions, either in /mnt or /media. Mount the partition (I assume it's the only one you have) and use Konqueror to look at /mnt/hda1/etc/fstab (or wherever it is that Kanotix made the mount point). That will tell you the filesystem type for the SuSE root partition.

Now I have a question for you. What do you mean you want to save the SuSE partition? Save as in 'leave it alone' or save as in 'make a backup'?
Old 12-11-2006, 02:09 PM   #3
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I want to save [I]to[I] the hard drive (the whole drive has been formatted and partitioned for Linux). Kanotix has Audacity (Suse does not, and will not install it) and I want to doctor and save some sound files. Of course, I could avoid all this hassle by simply saving to my flash drive, which I will do if I can't go any other route.

We've all been warned not to save to an XP (that is, NTFS) partition using Linux LiveCDs, as doing so will corrupt the hard drive.

I'm just wondering if these warnings are equally applicable when saving with a LiveCD to a Linux-formatted hard drive, since there doesn't appear to be any one standard format with which Linux distros format drives (some are FAT16, some FAT32, some ReiserFS, etc.)

The hard drive is formatted as ReiserFS, by the way. But I understand that there are a few flavours of that too.


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