F9: Creating partitions
craigwhite at azapple.com
Sun Jun 29 01:45:19 UTC 2008
On Sat, 2008-06-28 at 18:32 -0700, Daniel B. Thurman wrote:
> Hmm... F9 is new to me...
> 1) I am planning to partition a 750GB drive as follows:
> a) /media/vista 50GB ntfs primary
> b) /media/w2kpro 50GB ntfs primary
> c) /boot 200MB ext3 primary
> d) -------------------------------- Extended
> i) / 200GB ext3
> ii) /media/wapp1 100GB ntfs
> iii) /media/fapp1 150GB ext3
> 2) I downloaded F9 Gnome Live ISO and burned a CD,
> booted up and started F9 installation.
> a) Selected "Custom Partition"
> b) Tried to create "vista" nfts partition but
> there is no ntfs selection available in the
> 'File System Type' dropdown list, all I see
> is 'vfat' So, at this point I selected vfat
> and continued to partition to 50GB, primary.
> c) Same with (b) above, but for w2kpro
> d) Created /boot partition - but noticed that there
> was a "switch" in the device - /boot became
> /dev/sda1 instead of /dev/sda3 as I would have
> expected. Why is that? Don't I get to say
> exactly what device I want partitioned and in
> what order? Ignoring this, I continued anyway,
> hoping this will not screw up boot access to
> 'vista' or 'w2kpro'. So, I continued on.
> e) Now, to create the 'Extended partition'? - hmm,
> there is no 'Extended' in 'File System Type'
> dropdown list - so where is it? What is 'efi'?
> "Extended FIle system"?
> Up to this point - I don't know what to do. Should I
> choose 'Physical Volume (LVM)' instead and use this
> pathway instead of the way I am going as planned?
LVM is fine for Linux usage but that is a single partition. That isn't
going to clarify partitioning issues. I believe that 'efi' is for
suggestion...install Win2K and WinVista first - you can choose the size
of partition with their installers and if they are in place first, then
the grub bootloader will automatically create the entries to start them
up. If you try to install on existing VFAT partitions, Windows setup
will allow you to 'delete' and then format that partition as NTFS. NOTE:
Win2K and WinVista actually use different NTFS formats.
Also, I think you would probably be better off using kpartd/gpartd from
the LIVE CD to do the rest of the partitioning because you are getting a
bit beyond what anaconda does. I believe that one of them is on the LIVE
CD (gpartd on GNOME LIVE CD or kpartd on KDE LIVE CD). Anaconda will
tend to arrange the order of the partitions as it likes rather than how
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