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Re: [opensuse] Re: Partitioning problem in installing oS v11.1
  • From: Stan Goodman <stan.goodman@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 2 Oct 2009 15:04:56 +0200
  • Message-id: <200910021504.56308.stan.goodman@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
At 12:19:32 on Friday Friday 02 October 2009, jdd <jdd@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
Stan Goodman a écrit :
open a terminal with any linux on this computer, go root and type
"fdisk -l"

There was at the time no Linux or any other operating system on the
disk, only empty partitions.

how did you run DFSee? from it's own disk? any live linux disk will do
the job for fdisk, openSUSE rescue mode is fine

Yes, now that I am awake and this is mid-day, that is clear.

I ran DFSee from its bootable disk. (Since there is still no operating
system that was the only option.

I have now wiped the entire disk.

Toward the end of the wipe, when DFSee said the ETA was 6 seconds and
there were 63 sectors (31.5 KB) left to go, all stopped. The HD light
showed intermitent operation, but nothing happened on the screen. After
tending to other matters for about a helf hour, I tried to stop the
operation or leave DFSee using F3, but it was hung. I had to use the
power switch.

Restarting withe the DFSee disk, I made a new MBR and made partitions. The
Boot Manager is now NOT in the MBR. It is marked ACTIVE. I made three
logical partitions, including a Swap (sda5), and two for / (sda6)
and /home (sda7). There is nothing more on the disk, unless it is in the
unwiped 31.5 at the end of the disk. There couldn't be anything else.

I then inserted the oS installation disk and booted from it. When it got
to the s stage of suggesting partitions, it offered to put / on sda3
(20GB) and /home on sda4 (140.7GB); I did not make these, and I do not
recognize the size numbers.

It did put Swap on sda5, with the size I had made, and then listed sda6
and sda7 with the sizes I had made., without specifying mounting points.

Summarizing, it inserted 160GB into the partition array on its own

I think I have presented all the details that I have observed. If I have
omitted something, please don't hesitate to ask.

anyway, you can begin with:

don't mix partition table and MBR. Rewriting a MBR should not erase
the partition table nor erasing the partition table do erase the
drive. The table is only that, a table.



Stan Goodman
Qiryat Tiv'on
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