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kxpx 01-10-2006 12:05 AM

Slackware 10.2 Install - Formatting
I recently purchased the SlackPack with 10.2 and the Slackware Fundimentals book. I've got a Dell Inspiron 5100 laptop I'm attempting to install it on.

I got through the fdisk just fine, made the swap partition and the linux ext3 partition.

On setup I activated the swap and then activated the linux partition - and it gave me the option of formatting and checking for bad blocks.

26 hours later, it's still formatting. The box is responsive, I hit enter and the blue screen moves down a line and the hard drive activity has been constant. Having never formatted a drive (using the 'slow' version) on Linux before - is it normal to take this long?


heltreko 01-10-2006 01:04 AM

I think it's OK. Takes forewer doing a full format. I always use the quick option.

I don't know whats best, Wait for it to finish or interrupt it.

zhy2111314 01-10-2006 02:36 AM

use "cfdisk" for a try to format or adjust your patitions.

Melkor 01-10-2006 09:26 PM

I think 26 hours is excessive. I have a 120gb 7200 rpm IDE hard drive that took only a half hour or so to format, and I didn't use the "quick" format. Something is obviously wrong.

I'd kill that and start over if I were you. There might be something hokey with the physical hdd if that keeps happening.

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