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Old 03-10-2003, 05:57 PM   #1
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Question Newbie with question on partitioning linux red hat file systems...

I've got a question for the experts. This may be a "whatever works for you" type question so I'm just looking for advice.
I've got a home built scsi server that I'm installing red hat linux on. This server is connected to a drive array that has an additional 5 drives in it..making a total of 7 drives in all. The drives aree detected fine. My question revolves around the file system or drives that are created by linux and what's the best way to set them up and which ones are to be added. Red hat shows me the following:
I've seen that there are others that should be "added" such as:
If I have a slew of free space available after setting up the initial partitions can I go into red hat somewhere and create additional ones? I'm assuming I can cause it could be done in windows I'm just not sure how or where.
Also is it possible like it is in windows to consolidate free space for the purpose of creating some type of RAID configuration? I tried to do this during setup but it wouldn't let me. It kept telling me I'd have to create atleast 2 software RAIDS before I could create a hardware one.
Old 03-11-2003, 12:38 PM   #2
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I just installed RedHat 8.0 a few days ago and had the same delima you have. This is what I found out to do:

get some free space on your drives ready if your using XP

Using the admin tools, go to disk managment and make your partions

HD installs are easy I think so make 2 separate FAT32 partions, putting a folder called /iso/ on the one that you dont plan on linux being on

the other fat is what linux will be put on

after you get that done, make the boot floppy with rawrite

then follow the on screen instructions after you reboot to the floppy

you need these partions from what I learned

1. /boot this doesnt have to be big
2. / this is like the "C" drive in windows, make this sizeable
3. <swap>
also this doesnt necessarily have to be big, just make it bigger than the boot by a tad

after that installition should be easy, err at least it was for me after I figured out he above. I'm still a n00b myself but this worked for me so correct me if im wrong. Just keep reading the manuals on redhats website too they really help alot and have pictures
Old 03-14-2003, 05:53 PM   #3
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ahhh...ok I think I'm totally lost by this thred but I do appreciate the response.
I've already gone and installed Red Hat 7.3 onto this server. I've already alloted space to the default file systems that are created, /var, /usr, etc. My question and problem is how do I utilize some of this free space that I have left? I have over 30gig of free space floating around that I'd like to take and make into some type of drive that I can use for some type of storage or fault tolerance. I see alot of docs on red hat but none that seem to cover this issue. Most of them seem to assume that everyone that uses linux is proficient at it in some way or form. blowin off steam...
But I shall continue to persevere..


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