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Old 07-02-2005, 07:59 AM   #1
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Talking how to install suse 9.3 from hard disk

hey guys
i have downloaded the 5 CD iso images to my hard disk, i wonder how do proceed to the installation without burning them to CDs and booting?
that is i would like to install directly from hard drive...
thank you in advance
Old 07-02-2005, 09:46 AM   #2
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I guess you can't do that, coz simply your choices are to boot from CD or from Hard Disk, and I dont think the iso files on your HArd Disk may be seen as bottable files when you reboot

I guess burning them would be the only solution, but may be I am wrong
Old 07-02-2005, 11:30 AM   #3
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remember saw a post on the same topic some time ago. but it assumes you already have a linux distro installed. If you don't have one, probably you can search the SuSE howto in the /docu/ folder. I cannot find the exact thread but my notes could help (tribute to original authors). Again, nobody claim she/he successfully achieve hdd installation. You may give a try.

### suggested steps #######
at .iso image
there're /boot/loader folder
and there vmlinux and initrd (copy them to yourhard drive )
and wrote to you current lilo config
and boot from them
after feel free to install from you hard drive or network

It is quite vague. Probably you can reference and modify the following steps for installing mandrake from hdd.

####### below is excerpt from mandrake website #########
1. Copy the necessary files from the isolinux directory to /boot/
cd /path/to/mirror/isolinux/alt0/
cp vmlinuz /boot/vmlinuz-all
cp all.rdz /boot

2. Make an entry in /etc/lilo.conf if you use LILO or /boot/grub/menu.lst if you use GrUB

a. Example entry for LILO bootloader
Note that with Mandrake 10.1beta2 you have to increase the ramdisk_size parameter to install it from Hard Disk. I've set it to 700000 "to be sure" and it worked. As always, after you have finished editing /etc/lilo.conf, you need to run /sbin/lilo before your changes take effect.

b. Example entry for GrUB bootloader

title all-install
kernel (hd0,0)/boot/vmlinuz-all root=/dev/ram3 ramdisk_size=32000 vga=791
initrd (hd0,0)/boot/all.rdz

# change (hd0,0) to where your existing distro resides, eg, (hda,8)

3. at next reboot, choose all-install in the boot loader, it will ask you the media from which the install will read the packages. choose ISO image and put the directory name when prompted.
Old 07-11-2005, 05:00 AM   #4
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sorry for the stupid question but where did you get the images? the only images I've founda re demonstration releases of Suse 9.3. I ahve it on the DVD but need to show someone the image of disk 1
Old 07-29-2005, 05:53 AM   #5
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don't know if this reply is still on time,

guess you don't have a crdr otherwise i would just burn for the easiest method.
but i think you MIGHT be able to install from harddrive, i'm not familiar with suse and am planning to install it for the first time.

i have downloaded the 57mb cd for network installation, with this you can download suse via their ftp:/ mirror or your own network.
(expanation for how to do this

i;m curious if it would be possible to mount the directory where you have your images on the same hardrive and install from there.
can't guarantee if works, but you might give it a try. otherwise try to install via ftp.
Old 07-29-2005, 10:00 PM   #6
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Loading from an ISOs to the same hard drive will not be possible without a boot CD.
Old 07-31-2005, 06:24 PM   #7
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Under windows:

Use a cd emulator. Create a dir. in your hard disk for ex. d:\suse . Later, create one dir. to each iso:


Open the iso with your cd emulator and copy all the contents of each CD to its directory (cd1 to d:\suse\cd1 ; cd2 to d:\suse\cd2 ; etc).

You can use the program 'extractnow' I think it is free and it opens the iso and extracts all its contents to the dir. you specify.

Go to any ftp site and open the dist/boot dir. and copy all the 6 boot images to your hard drive. Use rawrite and write each image to a floppy disk.

And so, reboot your system, put the first floppy in your drive, start installation. After changing all the 6 disks, it will say you will have to do a manual installation. When you select the source of the installation, select the partition you copyed the cds and when it ask for the dir. type: suse/cd1

So I believe it is done. Under linux it may be possible too, and maybe it is much easier. Just follow the idea.

PS: I had to do this to install my SuSe Linux, because I have not cd-rw. And do you know what is more 'curious'? I didn't need to specify later the location of the other cds (suse/cd2, suse/cd3, etc.), the installation program guessed itself.

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Old 08-01-2005, 08:37 AM   #8
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I can only assume that because the original poster has not given any feedback in a month that this thread has been abandoned
Old 08-02-2005, 03:22 AM   #9
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I haven't done it, so this is more like a question or a possibility:

From an already existing linux-system you might mount the .iso files as a loopback:
mount -t iso9660 -o loopback /path/to/#.iso /mnt/#.iso
{please check the syntax...} In case there exists an executable on .iso 1 one might then be able to start this... ?

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Old 08-02-2005, 04:58 AM   #10
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What I know is that probably you cannot mount it from the installation console as I did in another distros. From a Linux system I think you could just create the dirs:


Mount the CD1 iso and "cp" all its contents to /suse/cd1. After that, umount and mount the CD2 and do the same thing, until CD5.

So get the 6 floppy disks and build the images on them (I think it is something like dd if=, dd of=...sorry, been away from Linux for a long time, but you can find probably at any installation FAQ :P). So reboot and bingo!

I just don't know if the installation kernel recognizes reiserfs or ext3, or anything like that. I don't know about ntfs too, when I installed all the contents were in a FAT32 partition. Maybe if you have any problem like that, get another partition; FAT32 and ext2 will surely work. The others, I don't know.

I don't know too if it will work, but under Windows if you do exactly what I said will work perfectly.

Last edited by stevesk; 08-02-2005 at 05:02 AM.


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