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Old 11-02-2003, 09:22 PM   #1
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can't fdisk new hd


I have a dual boot system(triple boot system) (REdhat 9.0, XP pro, and Server 2000) I have just added a new hard drive to it. I booted to Redhat and the drive was detected, (hdd-slave on secondary IDE) as it was in all OS's.

This is the problem---seems as if there is no utility in RedHat( my Redhat atleast) to create a partition and format. I 've researched to no end about fdisk but it seems as if my bin ain't got fdisk in it? Am I looking in the wrong place for fdisk? Do I just switch user, provide my root password and type fdisk to evoke that application? Can I only use DRUID during the install? Are there utility disks out there to make this easier?

I'm a newbee to Linux , any help on this problem will be very helpfull.
 
Old 11-02-2003, 09:28 PM   #2
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"it seems as if my bin ain't got fdisk in it?"

On my machine fdisk is only available to root. Log in as root and try fdisk.


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Old 11-02-2003, 09:38 PM   #3
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Isn't that what 'su' does-switch user for access to root?

This brings up another question so I'm happy you brought that up

Can I log into root during the boot up process by supplying my administrator user name and password? seems as if I can only login as a user and then switch to (su) a user with root access.

Are these two totaly different things? Am I really that confused?
 
Old 11-02-2003, 10:58 PM   #4
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"Can I log into root during the boot up process by supplying my administrator user name and password? "

Yes. Your administrator user name is root. So login as root and give the root password.

"Are these two totaly different things?"

They are partially different. su root has a different PATH than root. This varies by distribution but on my machine neither user nor su root can run fdisk but root can.

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Old 11-03-2003, 11:43 AM   #5
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Thanks dude- very helpfull
 
  


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