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raffytaffy 04-22-2006 11:03 AM

Installing Newer Version
I have suse 10.0 instaled on my 80gig internal drive. Its the only OS instaled. I want to instal 10.1 when it comes out, but i also want to keep 10.0. I tried to partition my HD using (yast>system>partition) but kept getting errors such as >>cant partition mounted volume, cant partition hda. So my question is..when and if i decide to insert the 10.1 cd. Will it create its own partition during instalation? So that it dosent instal over 10.0?:twocents:

bernied 04-22-2006 03:46 PM

The reason you are unable to partition is that you are using the disk that you are trying to change (can't partition mounted volume). This is maybe not impossible, but definitely a dangerous thing to attempt. The best way to achieve what you want is to run a live-CD (knoppix is good for this) that has some partitioning software on it (qtparted in knoppix).

Is the 80GB disk one huge partition, or do you have some spare unused space? You will need some unused space if you want a new partition. qtparted can create this space by resizing your huge partition, so can parted, so can a commercial product called 'partition magic' (I think this runs on Windoze). But even if you do not need to resize, you will need to boot off some external media (CD or floppy) to create your new partition

You could try

fdisk /dev/hda

cfdisk /dev/hda
if you don't know the answer to this question.

If you are using fdisk, use the 'p' command to print the partition table as it currently is. Again, I advise that you do not attempt to modify the partitions if you are running from your hard-drive, but you can look at them without causing harm. Just look, then exit, do not choose the write function.

bernied 04-22-2006 03:49 PM

But we have to ask the question, is there really that much difference between suse 10.0 and 10.1? Is it really worth all this effort? For this much effort you could try out a completely different distribution.

And keep in mind that by doing a new installation, you will have to reconfigure everything the way you want it. Surely it would be easier just to upgrade on top of the existing version.

bernied 04-22-2006 03:57 PM

I've just read this thread on Suse 10.1:
so now understand why you might not want to simply upgrade.

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