I'm trying to install Linux from the Slackware 2.0.2 CD-ROM. I have a
Western Digital 730 meg IDE Hard Drive. I have read the news posts about the
WD AC31000 1 gig hard drive and I think I have the solution to my problem but
I wanted to run it by the Net.Gurus to see if there would be a better way
to do it.
When I installed the hd I used the software that came with the hd to
partition and format it (this may be where my problems are coming from).
I split it into 2 partitions, One 400 meg for dos and the remaining 330 megs
for Linux. The Western Digital installation software automagically made
the 330 meg partition into a dos partition. I used dos' fdisk to delete the
330 meg partition.
I now boot with the Linux boot and root disks and I try to fdisk my hd
so I can set up the Linux native and swap partitions. Unfortunately this
is where my problems start. When I print the partition information the
Linux fdisk doesn't can't tell that my dos partition is a dos partition, it
says unknown type (I think it said type 53). I go ahead and try to creat a
new partition. I can specify a new primary partition but when it asks me for
the starting cylinder it prints the following prompt:
first cylinder (1416-1416):
which indicates to me that the Linux fdisk doesn't see that there is space
on the hd for a new partition.
I am also warned by Linux fdisk that my drive has different physical/logical
endings (phys=390,15,63 logical=1416,15,63) and that the primary partition
does not start on cylinder boundery (phys=0,0,2 should be 0,0,1).
The solution that I have come up with is to back up my dos partition
and repartition my hd first using dos' fdisk to recreate the 400 meg
dos partition and then boot Linux and use Linux fdisk to creat my Linux
native and swap partitions as needed.
Another possibility is to repartition my hd into a small dos "boot"
partition (containing only dos), a Linux boot/root partition, a dos data
partition, and a Linux native partition for /usr and an extended partition
for swap space.
I would prefer to just have one dos and two (native and swap) linux partitions
but any and all recomendations are welcome.
Kent Perrier, Linux Neophyte
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