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Old 05-05-2004, 11:03 PM   #1
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Question Where's the C drive?

Now I know this is going to sound like an idiotic question to veteran Linux users...but: Where is the C Drive?
I installed Red Hat on a 20GB HD in an old Compaq I have and it didn't work right at all. Errors, kernal problems, all kinds of stuff. So I took out the 20 GB HD and installed an old HD I had lying around and installed Mandrake 10 on it. It seems (so far...the past 10 minutes) to be working fine. However, I have no idea how large the HD is. I know I am cutting it close because I had to uncheck some of the default configuration packages to make it on the HD.
Now- How do I access the properties of the HD? It's easy in windows: My Computer>C Drive

I don't mean to sound dumb, but really I am a NOOOOOOOOB. I'm talking 2 days new. I always wanted to fool around with and eventually completely use Linux, but the past 2 days have been trying. HELP!

PS- Is there an all-around New Linux User book, or website? Like "Linux for Dummies" (I'm sure there is...)

Thanks in Advance,
Rob in NJ
Old 05-05-2004, 11:27 PM   #2
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Assuming your using KDE, you could check your disk space using KDiskFree. It is a nice graphical app. I am not sure where it is in the Redhat menu. That is also assuming you have it installed. You could try to enter "kdf" on the command line to find out if you have it installed. Being new to Linux, you might be intimidated by the command line, but it is really easier that people think. On the command line you could enter "df" and you will see your disk usage. No such thing as C: on Linux file systems. An analogous drive would be / which is called "root".
Old 05-05-2004, 11:59 PM   #3
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K -> System Tools -> KDiskFree or More System Tools -> KDiskFree

Open up a terminal window(probably looks like a tv with a shell around it and type:
df -h

If the terminal is not on your desktop K -> System Tools -> Terminal

Check out the sites below for command, and these sites to help you get staerted:
Old 05-06-2004, 02:14 AM   #4
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LINUX is based on a directory and file scheme. Think of an upside down tree. When you want to access a drive you have to mount it. To disconnect the drive you have to un-mount it. DOS or Windows does this behind the scenes so you do not have to mount and un-mount drives. When LINUX mounts drives it links it to a directory. When you get mounting and un-mounting down, you can do almost unlimited things with it.

A few sites that helped me learn LINUX

The man or info pages are your friend. Use it as often as you like.

In any OS, do not be afraid to harm it. Make it a mission to crash it. Its the only way to learn a new OS.

BTW, you may want to get Knoppix just in case you went crazy trying to crash LINUX.
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