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Old 01-10-2006, 12:05 AM   #1
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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?

Old 01-10-2006, 01:04 AM   #2
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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.
Old 01-10-2006, 02:36 AM   #3
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use "cfdisk" for a try to format or adjust your patitions.
Old 01-10-2006, 09:26 PM   #4
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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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