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Old 03-25-2007, 08:16 AM   #1
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installation and fdisk help

Hey, i want to install slackware 11.0, i have a drive that i partitioned a while ago. Its a dual boot, the one has Windows and the other partition has an old slackware version. I dont use that OS anymore cause it doesnt boot right. So i thoguht i might aswell install a new version.

But i need help with installing slackware. Cause i have to tell it somehow that i can use the old partition that already has slackware, and not the partition that has Windows on it.
But how do i do this? Do i have to use fdisk for this, and if so can you please exlpain how to do this in steps. Cause im pretty new to Linux.

Thanks for any help.
Old 03-25-2007, 09:44 AM   #2
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Welcome to Slackware

The partitions already exist, so you should not have to use fdisk. Just boot your computer with disk one in the drive, and you will be given the option of where to install to.

/dev/hda1 is probably going to be windows, so install to another partition.

If you are not sure you can cancel before you format the partition and you should be OK.

If you are really new to Linux, I would use a live cd for a bit to get used to the partitioning info and filesystems.

Old 03-25-2007, 09:45 AM   #3
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welcome to the L.Q. forum w00 ;

The slackware installer will give you the choice as to what partition to install to.
Try and do some reading first , there are great tutorials on this here forum and on the net.

You will have to get acustommed to use ; and
this is worth reading also ;

have fun

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Old 03-25-2007, 11:33 AM   #4
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Thanks for the info, but i just noticed that i have a bad sector(s) on my HDD, so thats kinda a problem right now.
Im trying to fix that first
Old 03-25-2007, 02:24 PM   #5
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You could try "cfdisk" w00 - it should give you a good graphical idea of how you hard drive is laid out with partition #'s and file system type.
Make some notes and then hit "q" to exit without making any changes if it looks useable for what you want.


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