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Old 01-16-2012, 02:47 PM   #1
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partition- i have to create one myself?

im very disappointed i bought a installion disc of linux freespire and after connecting the blank hdd i bought to install it on it told me i have to find or create a partition myself. why is it the retailer said it will run on new blank hdd or with windows already on one? where do i find a partition or how do i make one cuz windows doesnt even recognize the new hdd but linux does just there isnt a partition yet and im sure it is different than windows anyways
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Welcome to LQ
Freespire is discontinued.
The final release of Freespire was 2.0.8, released on 30 November 2007.
I would suggest to download another distribution.
Ubuntu is a good choice for beginners.

Kind regards
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I assume you mean a 2nd hard drive you've added to an existing system.

A blank hard drive usually does not have any partitioning present. Windows probably does recognize the drive, but does not show you any "drives" because what it shows is really the partitions (logical drives). Windows "drive letters" are partitions (a hard drive with 3 partitions might have drive letters C: and D: and E: ). Linux and other flavors of Unix-like system let you have drives AND partitions both be given names in the naming scheme it uses. In Linux, drives have letters and partitions have numbers. BSD does it the other way around, but you can still access either the drive or the partitions.

Once you make a partition AND make it have an appropriate Windows type, then Windows can access it.

Show us how your drives are set up by doing the command "cat /proc/partitions" in a terminal and put that content in a code box here. You should see a few lines with the name in the 4th column. Names without numbers are whole drives. The same name with a number appended is the partition on the named drive.
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Many Linux distros will offer to partition your hard drive for dual boot automatically if they detect another OS on the computer. Some will not.

It's best to check out the distro's website for the installation FAQ to determine whether the one you are interested in will do that.


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