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Old 07-25-2003, 10:35 AM   #1
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partition error during install


I recently got Red Hat 9, and partitioned my hard drive with Partition Magic 7. I made an unallocated 15 GB partition at the end of my disk.

When I installed using the GUI in Red Hat 9, I tried using the Auto-detect-partition feature, but it did not let me continue because it said I did not have a (/)root partition.

Then I went back to the manual partition detection, and I tried to make root, swap, and boot partitions. However, I could at most do two of the three. Every time I tried to create the third, it would say "cannot allocate partition."

Finally, I tried to create it without the swap partition, and Linux installed and worked, but only for a couple of hours, until the GNOME started crashing (i'm almost completely sure its because I had no swap). So I wanna reinstall Linux, but of course, those problems noted above are preventing a good install.

One last note - should I upgrade to PM8 (it supports ext3)?

Thanks a lot,
Old 07-25-2003, 11:03 AM   #2
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Hi bzhu5

Personally I wouldnt use Partition magic at all unless its absolutely neccessary.

Are you just single booting Red Hat on its own or are you dual booting with another OS?

If your single booting then just let Red Hat's partititoning tools do the work as you go through the install.

Red Hat has got all the tools you need to create partitions and format filesystems on them.

For starters just let Red Hat install automatically on your drive.

If youve already got partitions on your drive Red Hat can delete all existing partitions and install itself accordingly.

If your dual booting with Windows then make sure youve got some completely free space at the end of your drive for Red Hat to go on - then choose the option for Red Hat to "keep all exisitng partitions and install in the free space"

Last edited by Skyline; 07-25-2003 at 11:07 AM.
Old 07-25-2003, 11:17 AM   #3
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Yes. Even if you use automatic partition, you'll get two partitions: one is swap, the other is /
From my understanding, the /home; /dev; /mnt ;/usr ...... all the things reside in this '/'
Old 07-25-2003, 11:25 AM   #4
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Red Hat 9 installs a :
  • Boot partition
  • Root partition
  • Swap partition

by default


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