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Old 03-01-2012, 12:37 AM   #1
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noob needs help partitioning


Hello. I am a newbie but know just enough to be dangerous.

I am trying to align my partitions for a linux install. My problem is:
-- I know of no way to install Ubuntu, Linuxmint, etc.. other than to burn their install-cd and booting it up.
-- I know of no other way to align partitions other than to run the fdisk command in the terminal.

So my question is this: Can I install like I normally do but do the partitioning part of it using fdisk commands. (bypassing the live cd partitioner)

Ive tried to use fdisk first and then booting from the live cd, but when I get to the partitioning part, I don't see the exact same partition setup as I had set up using fdisk. (Close to the same but off by about .5GB). Do I have to run other commands in the terminal to make sure the kernel knows of my new partitions? Does anyone have a tutorial on this subject?

From what I understand, all of your partitions should start with a sector number that is divisible by 512. This is what I mean by 'aligning' my partitions.

Any help would be appreciated!
 
Old 03-01-2012, 01:46 AM   #2
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Yes, you can pre-allocate the partitions. Usually requires "expert mode" or some such silly option to allow you to assign mount points as you want them.
I don't know where you got you "alignment" info from, but it has varied over the years. Even different versions of (Linux) fdisk will align partitions differently. I find it easiest to just allow the tool to do its job, and not force the issue unless there are extenuating circumstances (like 4k blocks).
 
Old 03-01-2012, 08:31 AM   #3
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try this link, it should help.
http://www.linuxquestions.org/linux/...a_Linux_System
once you pick up on the basics of the file system, like /bin is where user programs reside and /sbin are system programs(binaries, hence the /bin) you'll be ok. it is actually intuitive, after forgetting the ms registry. hope this helps.
 
Old 03-01-2012, 04:19 PM   #4
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"I know of no way to install Ubuntu, Linuxmint, etc.. other than to burn their install-cd and booting it up"

There are plenty of ways to install and run linux. Both of those offer what is called a wubi install. You install it from windows. Some people love it. Odd systems will have issues.

You can install over the network by many means.

You can make a live usb installer. Some installs work fine even using the ISO image on a usb with things like grub4dos.

You can install a free VM and run linux at the same time as windows.


Here is a guide if you are running a ssd. Some green drives need other tweaks. http://www.ocztechnologyforum.com/fo...ux-using-fdisk
 
Old 03-02-2012, 12:33 AM   #5
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Is this a dual-boot with eg MSWin, or a dedicated system?
If its only going to run 1 copy of Linux, then don't bother worrying; let the installer do it all for you via default install.
 
  


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