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Old 04-02-2005, 12:23 PM   #1
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Lightbulb Howto install mandrake from a NTFS partition on hard drive


I'm a newbie to Linux and this is my first post in this forum.

At this moment I'm using windows XP. I have downloaded the 3 images for mandrake 10.1 installation.

I would like to ask you if there is a way to install mandrake from hard drive (NTFS) using the images that I've downloaded.


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Old 04-03-2005, 09:40 AM   #2
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If you can first mount your NTFS drives, you then should be able to mount the .iso images as a drive and access the files. The command you would want to use is like this:

mount -o loop -t iso9660 -r /path/to/iso /path/to/linux/mountpoint

I keep my Slackware isos on a server an mount them this way and I don't think the fact that they are on an NTFS drive should matter.

Now the real problem is going to be that you need to boot to linux somehow. Do you have the ability to create a boot disk or CD?

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Old 04-03-2005, 11:09 AM   #3
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I think he's actually asking whether he can install Mandrake from the isos while he's on his Windows system.

I don't think that's possible, though, I may not be fully qualified to say for sure. I think that you may have to do it the traditional way by burning the files to a disk and rebooting and then installing.

Well, you may be able to manage burning just one cd and installing Mandrake very minimally and the mount(as said above by the other person) the other two cds and installing more packages from there. Though, at that point, you will probably be able to install all the software from a repository.

On the other hand, if you burn all the cds, you can also lend them to friends.

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It is possible to install Mandrake from the images saved on a hard drive but only if the partition is FAT, ext2, ext3 or reiserfs.


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