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Old 01-27-2006, 09:58 PM   #1
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Partitioning Woes...

Hey all :-)

Well, I've decided to take the leap and get a Gentoo system running... Only problem is I'm far too used to GUI partition managers.

What I've got is 3 primary partitions (1 with Windoze installed, 2x for FAT32 storage)... What I'm wondering is how I should lay my partitions out for my Gentoo install (primary, extended etc).

From memory /boot needs to be primary but then when I go to create a new partition I get "You must delete some primary partition and add an extended partition first"

Any help would be HUGELY appreciated

Old 01-27-2006, 10:49 PM   #2
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Well, the boot partition does have to be primary, which poses a problem. You'd have to delete one of your current partitions, since it's impossible to have more than 4 primary partitions. When you make a extended partition, just choose extended instead of primary.
Old 01-27-2006, 11:21 PM   #3
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/boot doesn't need to be a primary partition. My entire Linux is in extended ... /boot on hda9.
# fdisk -l

Disk /dev/hda: 200.0 GB, 200049647616 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 24321 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes

   Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
/dev/hda1               1          34      273073+   b  W95 FAT32
/dev/hda2              35         799     6144862+   7  HPFS/NTFS
/dev/hda3            2272       24321   177116625    f  W95 Ext'd (LBA)
/dev/hda5            2272       22939   166015678+  8e  Linux LVM
/dev/hda6           22940       24214    10241406   8e  Linux LVM
/dev/hda7           24215       24278      514048+  82  Linux swap / Solaris
/dev/hda8           24279       24317      313236   83  Linux
/dev/hda9   *       24318       24321       32098+  83  Linux
Old 01-28-2006, 12:16 AM   #4
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Same here... My current linux boots on hdd7 All the linux partitions are in extended except one and that was an accident... And it's just some archive files...


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