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Old 04-15-2003, 04:44 PM   #1
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Question Redhat 8.0 Installation Question (re: partition Magic 8.0)

I have setup an EXT3 partition and Linux Swap partition using Partion Magic 8.0.

I'm now in the process of installing Redhat 8.0 and the setup is asking me:

* Automatically partition
* Manually partition with Disk Druid
* Manually partition with fdisk

When I spoke w/ PartionMagic technicians, they told me not to select the druid or fdisk (use these only for set points).

Seems like I need a fourth option: already partitioned.

Which choice do I select? The automatically partition gives me some warning/error messages (earlier I cancelled out of the selection). Do I select this and 'ignore' through the warnings?

Please assist.

Thank you,

Old 04-15-2003, 04:48 PM   #2
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why are you bothering with proprietry software like diskdruid when the redhat installer does it al for you? bin it and just start from scratch. recreate partitions completely using the redhat defaults if you don't know what they really mean.
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Does LittleRedRidinghood 8 come
with the choice for an expert install?
Maybe that will offer you the choice
of NOT repartitioning?

Old 04-15-2003, 04:53 PM   #4
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I didn't select Diskdruid, it's an option in the Redhat installation.

I don't see an 'expert' install ... I've already selected 'custom' and it doesn't give me any other choices.

Old 04-15-2003, 05:10 PM   #5
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Additional note:

When I select 'automatically partition' I get the following warning message.

"Unable to align partition properly. This probably means that another partitioning tool generated an incorrect partition table, because it diddn't have the correct BIOS geometry. It is safe to ignore, but ignoring may cause (fixable) problems with some boot loaders."

I still have the same question: which do I select, and is ignoring this message advisable?

Old 04-15-2003, 06:26 PM   #6
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Go to disk druid, so you can view and set mount pts. to your already created partitions...
Old 04-15-2003, 07:05 PM   #7
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Are you creating a duel boot system? If not and you don't have any info on the drive you are using, just use the auto partition and be done with it. Redhat will cteate the partitions that you need.

Hope this helps.
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I learned this painful lesson the hard way several times

When using PM 8.0, you MUST MUST MUST MUST MUST decide on your partition scheme and sizes and use PM to create these. It doesn't matter if you change to reiser from ext3 while installing, but the sizes of the partitions and their locations on the disk must be decided from within PM 8. Otherwise, if you open PM 8 from within windows on a dual boot system, PM 8 will AUTOMATICALLY CHANGE what it considers to be a disk geometry error (some educated? guessing here) and will leave you with unbootable linux - even with a boot disk (read kernel panic). I was surprised at the automatic part because PM 7 told me it thought there were errors but asked first before hosing my system

I'll use my system as an example.

40 gig /dev/hda

hda1 win98
hda2 extended
hda5 data vfat
hda6 winswap fat
hda7 linux swap
hda8 /boot ext2 (RH8 /boot with grub)
hda9 /home ext3 (shared home directory)
hda10 / ext3 (RH8 root directory)
hda11 / ext3 (SuSE 8 root directory)
hda12 / ext3 (Slack 8.1 root directory)

This entire partition structure was created from within PM 8 which recognizes ext3 but not reiser. In other words, I decided on the sizes and locations from within PM 8 and formated them either ext2 or ext3. If during installation of SuSE i wanted to use reiser instead for / , that would be OK so long as I did not change the sizes or locations of the partitions outside of PM 8. Doing it this way, I can review partition information from win98 without hosing the system. (why i would want to do this I can't say , I just like it when thing work the way they should) )

(note: PM8 does not read reiser so you will get incorrect partition type and used space when PM8 tries to read this but "I dont think" it will wreck things)

Leaving just a large unallocated space for linux will cause problems as will creating a large formated linux partition that you break-up later in disk druid. Don't get me wrong, you can create a usable system this way. Just make sure you delete PM8 after your done to ensure you never accidentally open it an make your linux partitions unbootable.
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Red face partitioning in SuSE

I have installed Linux SuSE 7.3 Pro, and i want to allocate more space for installing all packages. I don't have any OS installed with SuSE, so i can't install Partition Magic for reallocate free space to root partion. Does someone know how do i reallocate the free space? How can i install partition magic on linux?



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