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Old 02-24-2003, 08:58 PM   #1
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Format hard disk!

Dear all,

i have a hard disk which i have installed Windows in the primary partition. Now, i wish to install rh8 in the extended partition.
I have formatted both primary and extended as the vfat partition.
and i know i have to reformat the extended partition as what linux need.

Now, what should i need to do to make use of the extended partition to install linux?

how i am going to use disk druid to settle the problem?

Old 02-24-2003, 09:07 PM   #2
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Run the installation. When it gets to the point where you need to set up partitions, delete the extended partition, then choose auto allocate. It will partition and format the newly freed space as it needs.
Old 02-24-2003, 09:12 PM   #3
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you can select to remove all partions and automatic creating of all
Old 02-24-2003, 09:29 PM   #4
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[nakkaya] i can't remove all the partitions. i still wan to keep my primary partition.

[ranger_nemo] i deleted the extended partition in the disk druid, but, i can't see the auto allocate option. all there provided are "new", "edit", "delete"..... how?
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Keep the primary partition as such. Then select the extended partition and delete all the partitions under the extended partition. After the extended partition becomes clean, press on the new and then put the parameters for it in the data entry screen like the size for the partition, the file format you want, etc.

You can set all the remainig space to create one partition by selecting the option "Use the remaining space".

Feel free to ask any more doubts regarding this.

Old 02-24-2003, 11:30 PM   #6
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hi yenonn,
Better still i think you could use Partition Magic.But partition manually not auto......its user friendly and guided.

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if you use manual, remember that at the minimum you need 2 linux partitions: root and swap. You can get away w/o swap, but I don't recommend it.
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Thanks for the information
Old 10-04-2003, 02:03 PM   #9
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Hard disk

I've a used hard drives with some junks in it. I would like to format it and reinstall linux 9.0?

Since this drive will be a single master drive, does it automatically ask me to format it ? I need to do some other extra stuff?

I would appreciate prompt answer to this begineer's question?
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You don't want to delete the extended partition if you going to do a dual booting. The extended partition is a container partition for othe partitions called logical partitions. Remember you can only have one primary partition active but the maxium number of primary partitions you can have is four.

dhital, you need atleast two LINUX partitions. Mandrake LINUX will use the unused space to make additional parititions. Though I suggest you backup before doing this. After Mandrake makes the partitions, yes it have to format the partitions.


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