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Old 04-18-2006, 02:36 PM   #1
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Problem with Partitioning


I am a complete newbie to Linux but i have done my first serious attempt to get it running on my old pc. From the installation instructions i understood that you need to make one (or many more) partitions on your hard drive to succesfully install (and run) Lunix.

The problem is that i already used a programm to create a patition under windows (so i had a working c:\ and d:\ hard-disk). This partition was recognized by the cfdisk programm used for patition making for linux. Before i could install Linux i changed the link or partition type (or whatever its called) to Linux for otherwise it is uninstallable. After the installation Linux would not run, but Windows XP did... Checking my computer learned that my partition called d:\ was gone. I tried changing the boot property of my windows partition to the partition with linux on it (i hoped linux in this way would start). But it didn't, in fact it rebooted just after booting the floppy drive...
I changed it back and again windows xp ran perfetcly well.

Now i am trying to get my windows to recognize the original d:\ partition again. But i do not know what extension/link/partition property it had, was it NFTS extended volume? No, windows recoginezed the partition but it contained 0bytes!!! the original partition was 8 gigabyte like cfdisk still claims. So the problem is my linux system does not run in anyway and my windows says the partition is empty. I tried other extensions from the extensive list you can associate your hard disk with, but i can't get my partition back to its original (small) content and windows won't recognize this. Does anyone know WHAT extension/link/partition property is normally used for windows partitions? or why my linux won't boot at all?

With kind regards,

A linux noob ^^
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Windows needs to see NTFS or FAT32. Once you format the partition as a linux partition you can't see it anymore as D: drive and never will. You can see it, however, if you open Start --> Settings --> Control Panel --> Administrative Tools --> Computer Management --> Storage --> Disk Management.

I always recommend just leaving the partition blank. Then run the linux installer and it should ask you if you want to format the whole drive or just use the empty space at the end of the disk. Choose to create the linux partitions in the empty space. As for making it bootable, just remember to install the bootloader (grub or lilo) to the MBR (master boot record). It should automagically find the windows partition and give you a menu option.
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Did you have important data on the "D" drive? If so, it MIGHT be recoverable. Don't even turn on the computer without a plan...

If NO, then simply use a Windows tool to create as much empty (unpartitioned) space as possible. Let the Linux installer set up the Linux partitions.

When installing Linux, you need to choose a boot loader setup. I recommend putting the boot loader on a floppy so that Windows is undisturbed. You can always put it on the MBR later.
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I didn't have important data on the D: drive (therefor i chose it as linux drive) but i was surprised windows losing 8 Gb hard disk space . I now see why linux is not bootable at all, i did not install lilo :s Another idea is to format the whole d drive anyway and install linux again.
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As i see it now, i never succesfully installed linux anyway. I set my partition to linux type and tryd to reconfigure my installation but i couldn't. Now i am reinstalling it and now between the screens of what it is installing i do no get error logs (first had something like action not permitted). So i hope later one i will get linux running.


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