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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 15:42:47 +0200
  • Message-id: <200910021542.47222.stan.goodman@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
At 15:21:08 on Friday Friday 02 October 2009, jdd <jdd@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
Stan Goodman a écrit :
I have now wiped the entire disk.

Toward the end of the wipe, when DFSee said the ETA was 6 seconds and

this is BAD and thrilling.

It was gripping at the beginning, but it got old quickly.

partitionning should *not* erase the drive (mostly)

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

this don't mean anything. The boot anager have nothing to do with

I wrote that only because in the previous iteration the Boot Manager did
somehow get into the MBR; I don't know how, no doubt I zigged when I
should have zagged.

partitions. the boot manager is a program (lilo, grub, similar for

That must be a typo; the boot manager is not the boot loader.

win). What you may have is one small partition for /boot (optional

No. I did not make a boot partition, and the installer hasn't suggested

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

of course it can be. Most data are probably still on the disk (depend
of what your programm call "wiped")

"Wiped" means to write all the bytes as 00. I don't think it can be.

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.

this is the openSUSE default for free disk (sensible)

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

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.

you didn't give nearly any usefull data, sorry.

I'm sorry too. What else would you like to see?

what is the full size of your drive? you have to write down the
starting/ending sector of each partition.

it's not possible to install wibdows on a logical partition, only on
primary one. Linux don't care, however it's better to have the boot
partition (or root if only one) on a primary, easier to recover in
case of disaster

I have been using openSuSE for two years, on this desktop machine and its
predecessor, with v10.0, v10.3, and now v11.1. This is the partitioning
arrangement I have used in each case, without difficulty. For disasters,
I rely on having a second copy of Linux on a second physical drive (using
the previous release), so there is always a maintenance system. If that
isn't adequate for recovery, nothing else would have helped either.

run the openSUSE dvd, rescue system and type fdisk -l

copy the result here


Stan Goodman
Qiryat Tiv'on
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