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Old 02-27-2007, 02:52 PM   #1
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How to make partitions ?

Hey there!!!
I would be really obliged to anyone who could illustrate how to make partitions?
I have 80GB and i want to install BackTrack.
Old 02-27-2007, 03:05 PM   #2
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Don't know about backtrack, but generally partitions are created with the aid of programs like fdisk (Linux version, if you want it to understand something else than just FAT and NTFS). Usually people like graphical stuff and want to resize partitions etc., like with Partition Magic, and that's when you'll try GPartEd or QtPartEd depending on whether you'll be using Gnome or KDE. There are commandline tools (like mkefs for example), but if you want it graphical and easy, take either of the two I mentioned. Some distributions have them preinstalled, and quite a many should have them ready in the reposities. Note that if you're altering partitions such as resizing, you should unmount that partition before doing anything to prevent damage.
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Your post seems to suggest you have a clean new 80GB hard drive you want to install Back Track on, like b0uncer, I don't know Back Track but most/all Linux distributions have the option available during installation to make custom partitions or to make default partitions as the installer sees fit. Using the installer's default configuration will however use the entire drive, but using custom partitioning you can specify what sizes you want if you want to leave room for another installation and multi-boot. If what you are looking for is recommended sizes and which partitions to make, go with between 10GB and 15GB partition for root (/), double the amount of ram memory for the size of a swap partition, and the rest as a /home partition. If you are intending on multi-booting with Windows, don't create a separate /home partition but create a Fat32 or NTFS data partition for data to be shared by both Windows and Linux, (It has been recommended in the past to use Fat32 for a shared partition, but there is a Linux software called ntfs-3g now that makes it easy to read and write to NTFS, and NTFS can store Linux ownership and permissions of files and does not have the 4GB file size limit that Fat32 has which is handy for storing DVD sized files when you download your next Linux distribution on DVD, example). Windows XP can use 15GB partition, maybe 5GB larger for Vista. If you will only multi-boot with Linux distros, make a shared /home partition formatted to what your installer suggests. The shared partition should be the largest to hold as much data as possible, (music, applications, photos, etc.)
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