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Old 06-08-2004, 04:13 PM   #1
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Mount point Making ???

Hello , Im New to this forum not only to this forum but to linux world too
Well i am having a Problem with my installation of LINUX REDHAT 8.0
...i have a 20GB HD which has 4 partitions
C : Windows
E:i waana install LINUX
F: documents

WELL, im having a trouble making mount partitions tht are /boot,/,/swap
when ever i go in to graphical mode of installation n i come across the mount points region in Manual Partition
i just couldn't make the mount point s i selected the partition in which i wanna store linux but wht next i should do i cann't figureout

pls tell me how to Enter the gateway of linux

NOTE : After slecting i have click Nw button n fill requirments but whenever i click ok button it gives me error :

i haven't selected the FORCE AS PRIMARY PARTITION option ..

well plz help me out of MOUNT POINT thing

Old 06-08-2004, 04:34 PM   #2
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Installing Linux, any distro is different than Windoze. It sounds like you do not have any free space on your hard drive. You did not mention the type of partitions you have, fat32 or ntfs. So, considering what you have, I will make some suggestions. Understand there are many ways you could do this. I would recommend you move all your documents from F to E. Resize as necessary E to accommodate. The next move is delete F. What you are doing is creating free space.

During the install, you will partition and install Linux file systems on the free space. Once again there are many ways to carve up the space. Most distros will create 3 partitions if you take defaults. One will have system code, one for swap and one from home. That is a good first try. I would recommend 6 gig of space if can afford it. It will fit in less. 6 gig will give you grow room.

As for Redhat 8, that is old. Consider Fedora core 2 or Mandrake 10. There are others to choose from, but those are up to date, and relatively easy to install.
Old 06-08-2004, 04:37 PM   #3
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Welcome to linuxquestions. It has been some time since I ran the red hat installer, but you should have an option to delete a partition. The easiest thing to do is to delete the partition that is hard drive E: That will create free (unpartitioned) space. Then, tell the installer to automatically install in the hard drive free space. The installer will then create the necessary partitions and set the size of them.
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Lets start at the basics:
A hard drive can be partitioned with 4 primary partitions. One of the primary partitions can be desginated as an extended partition. This allows you to create up to a total of 64 partitions. These additional partitions are known as logical.

Primary partitions in linux are labeled 1-4. If your IDE drive is connected as the 1st controller master it is known as /dev/hda, the 1st partition is /dev/hda1. Logical partitions have an ID number >=5.

In a nutshell an extended partition is a container for logical drives.

Assuming your hard drive was partitioned using windows:
hda1 - c: drive
hda2 - extended partition
hda5 - d:
hda6 - e:
hda7 - f:

Your trying to manually assign 3 partitions when you really have only one available i.e. e: drive. What ever button you pressed was trying to auto create the partitions. The only partitions the installer could create would be parimary partitions 3 & 4. It failled trying to create the third.

Your easist solution would be to delete your e: drive and let the install auto create the partitions. Be sure to back up any critical data.

Last edited by michaelk; 06-08-2004 at 04:54 PM.


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