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Old 03-06-2005, 12:17 AM   #1
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don't quite understand partition problem of Solaris

Dear all

I'd like to install Solaris 10, but i'm not sure whether it will do harm to my original OS--windows xp and Linux. Such is the case of partitions in my disk:
C: primary partition, and i've just got ONE primary partition
/dev/hda10 /boot
/dev/hda11 /
/dev/hda12 linux swap

it seems that Solaris must be installed in a primary partition, so I intend to format D partition of windowsXP as a primary partition.

I wonder if my current idea is advisable.

Thanks in advance!

Old 03-06-2005, 02:42 AM   #2
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It is unclear what all the partitions you show are, but anyway it is true Solaris need a primary partition (an just that) to install. Just let it free space on the disk and ask it to use it to install at installation time instead of the whole disk.
As you may make mistakes in this operation, don't forget to backup all your Windows and Linux data (and check if the backup is good) before trying the installation.
Old 03-06-2005, 06:08 PM   #3
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If you have GNU/Linux, I suggest that you post the output of your fdisk -l /dev/hd* where * is the number of the harddisk you want to partition. If you have only one harddisk you can put 0 for the *. Post that and we will be in a better position to tell you how the partitioning can be done.
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After I've run the command "fdisk -l /dev/hda", I got the information as follows:

Disk /dev/hda: 40.0 GB, 40027029504 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 4866 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes

Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/hda1 * 1 390 3132643+ b Win95 FAT32
/dev/hda2 391 4866 35953470 f Win95 Ext'd (LBA)
/dev/hda5 391 785 3172806 b Win95 FAT32
/dev/hda6 786 997 1702858+ b Win95 FAT32
/dev/hda7 998 1993 8000338+ b Win95 FAT32
/dev/hda8 1994 2989 8000338+ b Win95 FAT32
/dev/hda9 2990 3985 8000338+ b Win95 FAT32
/dev/hda10 3986 3998 104391 83 Linux
/dev/hda11 3999 4834 6715138+ 83 Linux
/dev/hda12 4835 4866 257008+ 82 Linux swap

Now I want to partition my 40G harddisk again, for I want to install win2k, Linux and Solaris.
Can you give me some advice on how to partition?



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