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Old 03-25-2004, 10:56 PM   #1
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Distribution: Mandrake 9.2, so far
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Unhappy mandrake 9.2 hangs on hda6 format

Hi, I am making my first attempt at Linux. I am trying to install Mandrake 9.2. on a dedicated hard drive and system Everything moves along nicely until the partitioning section. I chose to erase the entire disk and when it is formatting hda6 I get an error and it kicks me back to the choices again. When I choose erase entire disk this time the install hangs completely while formatting hda6.

The HD is a WD20gb and it is the second one I've encoun tered this problem with the first one is not even recognized by the BIOS now on boot.

First, how do I solve this problem and get MAndrake installed?

Second, is the other HD shot? Can I reformat and still use it? The drive does not indicate any failure and now the other one I have is exhibiting the same behavior.

I appreciate any help anybody can send my way.

Finally, I have read and researched Linux extensively and am very excited to finally get control back again! I am fairly computer literate in Windows and I feel like I have no clue who has control MS or me.

Thanks for your patience with a noob. I am going to dig in and get this!!

Old 03-26-2004, 02:32 AM   #2
Registered: Mar 2004
Distribution: Win Me|Win2K|WinXP|SuSE7.2 x3|RH 3.0 WS
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You probably did but just in case, did you check for bad sectors?


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