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Old 10-30-2007, 09:24 AM   #1
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G'day All I have very simple querie. I came to this forum at my first intro to linux some Yrs ago And all problems were solved.
After Major XP Crash I have decided to re setup a spare machine that was Running XP+SP2 +++ on a 6.5 Gig hd. Wiped it Clean then Installed Mepis Runs Great. Now to Problem My previous Linux install was Mandriva Limited edition 2005 . Is 6.5 Gig Too Small if so What is Minimum I can Use
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It is not 100% clear what you want to do, but 6.5 GB is pretty marginal for just about anything. My system (PCLOS 2007) currently sits on 6.1GB---with no data.

Further, 6.5 GB = old = maybe nearing end of life. You can get 80GB for around $50. The 6.5 will make a good paperweight....
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6.5gb isn't huge, but if you don't click the "install everything" button you'll be fine. also due to the space limitations i'd suggest you stick to a minimal partition layout, as it's hard to move space between partitions if you need to in the future. Are you saying you're going to install Mandriva 2005? if so don't... use somethign modern instead. no point starting of with obsolete software is there?

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Old 10-30-2007, 08:03 PM   #4
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Thanks for confirming what I thought was the case.Need Minimum 10g to Install Smoothly I found that gem of info tucked away in little corner of the Mag that came with the disk set.As I asked Simple Question I hoped for Straight answer 10 g. Thanks again hope this helps understanding 100% for Newbies
Old 10-31-2007, 03:22 AM   #5
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6.5 GB should be more than enough to install a decent Linux system with KDE/Gnome + an office package +
web browser & email + DVD player + a decent development environment + other stuff.

In fact a lot of Live-CD's require only 3GB to install to a hard drive, and they have pretty much
everything an average user would need to use Linux as a Windows replacement.

As for the 6.5 GB hard drive, I am wondering how old your system is!
Getting a new HD might require a new HD controller if your BIOS does not support the new big HD's.
Then again your CPU & Ram would be a determining factor too for what to install.
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You could do it. I would not partition it, just load everything into /.
So all you would have is a /boot and / for your partitions. /boot can normally get by with 200mb of space. Give the rest of the space to / and you'll be fine.

(my /boot with Red Hat uses 102 mb ...I used 200 to be sure you had plenty of space for your boot.)

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Old 11-01-2007, 07:33 AM   #7
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Thank you one and all I am not a stranger or newbie with computers but Know nothing about linux and love pushing the envelope with puters. latest venture with Linux on 6.5g HD is. I have just loaded Mandriva 2008 and am very impressed so far. Thanks again BobP



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