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Old 10-30-2003, 04:44 PM   #1
SRSilvia
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Partition Problems


I am giving as much detail as I know.

This is for Slackware 9.1 Install Help

I used Partition Magic 8.0 on WIN98 and created a partition to put Linux on. I rebooted, used my boot disk/root disks to get to setup .

First thing it said was that there were no Linux partitions on my computer.
Seems understandable.

How (is it possible) can I use that particular partition to install Linux...OR how can I prepare that partition for Linux.

There is nothing on that partition to lose. All data is on the other partition on the same hard drive.

Thank you for your help...

Chris
 
Old 10-30-2003, 04:46 PM   #2
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As long as you are sure which partition is which, you can delete it in the Linux install, and use the now-free space to create new Linux partitions.
 
Old 10-30-2003, 04:50 PM   #3
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You must create a -LINUX- partition; you can't just install linux onto a hard drive.

You need to create at least one EXT2 partition, and one SWAP partition for linux.

For others: Yes, I know there's other types, but I am trying to make things simple for this guy.
 
Old 10-30-2003, 05:31 PM   #4
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I found the simplest way is to just make a blank partition (free space) and select "use free space" to let Linux use the free space to set up the partitions.

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Old 10-30-2003, 06:47 PM   #5
SRSilvia
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ranger_nemo ::: This seems to be the easiest way. So I should start fdisk (or cfdisk), delete that partition, then create a new Linux partition based on the free space that is left?

Nu-Bee ::: Me, being a newbie, am not very fluent with Linux (at all). I need to create 2 partitions for it (or more)? Will fdisk lead me in the direction I need to go to create these specific partitions?
Thank you for the links....good signature.

rberry88 ::: I am assuming this is basically what ranger_nemo was suggesting, correct?
Also, thank you for the sig too with the links. Definetly some good readin'...

Thanks for the help and future help!
-Chris
 
Old 11-02-2003, 06:38 AM   #6
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i have similar problem..i created 3 partitions under win (/, /home and swap),
and linux setup couldnt detect em (these are logical partitions). And when i tried to change em all to primary only / and /home were changed , as i guess win allows only 3 primary partitions (counting one i already have for win). any adive is appreciated. thanks

EDIT:

o, and im running my IDE HD's via SATA converters in Raid 0 array, connected to oboard Sil controller.

how should i set my paritions in order to get slack setup going.,

Last edited by slackman; 11-02-2003 at 06:54 AM.
 
Old 11-03-2003, 08:57 AM   #7
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Let me repeat this again:

DO NOT PARTITION YOUR DRIVE BEFORE A LINUX INSTALL. Make one partition of empty space (unformatted) and then start your Linux Install. When it gets to the partitioning part you can let it do it automatically by telling it to use the "free space". It will then create a /boot /swap /home & / partition for you. I've have seen too many people come back here yelling about partitioning problems because they decided to pre-partition the drive in Winblows.

</rant off>

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