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Old 12-31-2002, 03:45 AM   #1
vishalwaghmare
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Question Linux Partition Size Help


Hi
I want to install Redhat Linux on my system. I have 10 GB hard disk, out of which 5GB is for windows.
I want to know how much partition space should i allocate to each partition(for e.g /home, /boot etc.). Where will i get informaton about this?
What are the criterias for allocating the space?
Plz help...
vishal
 
Old 12-31-2002, 04:02 AM   #2
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It depends. Think how much space you use for your own files. Usually, if you don't work with videos or large images, 500MB should be enough. /boot can be really small (5-10MB), because it's space for your kernel images (usually you don't have more than 2-3 images, what means less than 4MB). The rest - for your / (root) partition.
NOTE: If unsure, you can always create one big /. It's not always good (especially for people who want to change the distro but not to loose the data), but you can think about it. In my opinion you should create 0.5GB /home and 4.5GB /.
 
Old 12-31-2002, 08:28 AM   #3
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Try this O'Reilly site for a discussion on filesystem setup.
 
Old 12-31-2002, 01:20 PM   #4
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Just a note: for some reason RedHat gives you a warning if you try to make your /boot partion less than 100MB. As Mara said, that is usually way more than you need, so just ignore it.
 
Old 12-31-2002, 03:59 PM   #5
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The easiest way to do this is to give Red Hat the 5 GB as free space and have it decide the partitions--it will set up its optimum configuration.
 
Old 12-31-2002, 05:59 PM   #6
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I tried that --- the so called auto option- problem is that it wanted all the HD or NONE....
Then when I tried to do it manully guess what errors messages would come up and say this will not work NO matter what I put in.
Finnaly had to give it the whole HD just to get it installed.
 
Old 12-31-2002, 10:14 PM   #7
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You have a 10 GB hard drive that has a 5 GB Windows partition and 5 GB of unused space and Red Hat didn't offer to put itself in the empty space?
 
Old 12-31-2002, 11:33 PM   #8
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ECHO-- Yes I had 5GB open and free and it did not want that it wanted the first partition or nothing...... go figure....
 
Old 01-01-2003, 03:56 PM   #9
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Okay, after choosing the language, a keyboard and the mouse, you are asked to choose what kind of install. I'm assuming you are choosing either the Personal Desktop or the Custom System. The next screen asks you to pick your partitioning scheme. It gives you the choice of Automatically partition, Manual Partition with Disk Druid and Manual Partition with fdisk (experts only).

Choose Automatic. The next screen will offer you three options for partitioning:

1. Remove all Linux partitions on this system. Windows and non-Linux partitions remain intact with this selection.

2. Remove all partitions on this system. This erases the entire hard disk.

3. Keep all partitions and use existing free space.

You need to use #3. It will then show you how it wants to configure your hard drive. It should leave the first 5 GB of your hard disk alone and offer to install a small /boot partition, the main / partition and something strange that is an advance memory swapping filesystem.

It then takes you in to configuring the boot loader. Grub in the MBR is the best starting point.

Is this not what you are being presented?
 
Old 01-01-2003, 04:10 PM   #10
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Yeah that day it was exactly like this, but for the life of me I was unable to get to install on the free partition?

I am now trying to put W2K on my first partition then I am going to attemp to install once again GENTOO....
Lot of fun ahead I am sure.

On my big box I use Mandy 9 , and just about got it where I want it.

Later, ikw38
 
  


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