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Old 01-01-2005, 09:14 PM   #1
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Can you install ZipSlack on an empty FAT hard drive?

I have an old computer that I want to install ZipSlack on for basic work tasks, but the hard drive was completely wiped some time ago. I booted into DamnSmallLinux and formatter the hard drive, but I was wondering if it was possible to run ZS without Windows.

Thanks for any help in advance
Old 01-01-2005, 11:17 PM   #2
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no problem, just unzip the .zip file to c:\linux, then use the boot floppy to boot it up
Old 01-02-2005, 05:32 AM   #3
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Depending on how much memory/disk space your computer has, you may do better to repartition the hard drive to make a small FAT partition on which to install zipslack. This partition should be about twice the size of the amount of memory you have, but no smaller than ~110Mb (the size of a zipslack install) and no larger than 512Mb (the reason for this limit will be clearer later). Then read the file 'faq.txt' in the / directory about migrating zipslack to a linux partition. Move the install over to the remaining (and hopefully larger) partition. Then convert the small partition to swap space.

My rationale is that the system will run faster on a native linux filesystem than on umsdos, and that having a separate swap partition is faster than using the small swap file that zipslack has by default in the /root directory. The rule of thumb for swap space is, as suggested earlier, about twice the amount of physical RAM, but really needn't be more than 512Mb.

--- Cerbere


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