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  1. #1

    Question First real install of openSUSE.

    Okay, so I downloaded openSUSE 11 the other day, checked the checksum, burned a LiveCD image, and used the Windows Vista partitioning program to shrink my 120 GB HDD (111 GB usable) down by 14 GBs for openSUSE. Which is what I've always done for Ubuntu.

    After shrinking my Vista partition I loaded up the LiveCD and everything started up fine. I select Live Install and when it came to the partition part of the install it was much different than that of Ubuntu. I was unable to connect to the internet (using wireless) to post exactly what the openSUSE partitioner was telling me, but I wrote it down and am going to manually type it in with Vista.

    The partitioner said something to the affect of:

    Create extended partition /dev/sda2 (14.9 GB)
    Create swap partition /dev/sda5 (1.86 GB)
    Create root partition /dev/sda6 (5.8 GB) with ext3
    Create partition /dev/sda7 (7.3 GB) for /home with ext3
    Set mount point of /dev/sda1 to /windows/c

    I am trying to figure out how to use my empty 14 GB partition to install openSUSE under, but it wants to use about 30 GBs to install openSUSE under.

    With Ubuntu you can select "use largest continuous free space" and it automatically uses the blank partition, creating home, root, and swap. This is a little different. Any help would be great.

    Thanks,
    Powerman2442

  2. #2
    Larry Finger NNTP User

    Default Re: First real install of openSUSE.

    Powerman2442 wrote:
    > Okay, so I downloaded openSUSE 11 the other day, checked the checksum,
    > burned a LiveCD image, and used the Windows Vista partitioning program
    > to shrink my 120 GB HDD (111 GB usable) down by 14 GBs for openSUSE.
    > Which is what I've always done for Ubuntu.
    >
    > After shrinking my Vista partition I loaded up the LiveCD and
    > everything started up fine. I select Live Install and when it came to
    > the partition part of the install it was much different than that of
    > Ubuntu. I was unable to connect to the internet (using wireless) to
    > post exactly what the openSUSE partitioner was telling me, but I wrote
    > it down and am going to manually type it in with Vista.
    >
    > The partitioner said something to the affect of:
    >
    > Create extended partition /dev/sda2 (14.9 GB)
    > Create swap partition /dev/sda5 (1.86 GB)
    > Create root partition /dev/sda6 (5.8 GB) with ext3
    > Create partition /dev/sda7 (7.3 GB) for /home with ext3
    > Set mount point of /dev/sda1 to /windows/c
    >
    > I am trying to figure out how to use my empty 14 GB partition to
    > install openSUSE under, but it wants to use about 30 GBs to install
    > openSUSE under.
    >
    > With Ubuntu you can select "use largest continuous free space" and it
    > automatically uses the blank partition, creating home, root, and swap.
    > This is a little different. Any help would be great.


    It is planning on doing exactly what you want. The extended partition
    /dev/sda2, which is the size of your free space, will contain
    /dev/sda5, /dev/sda6 and /dev/sda7. This will also give you maximum
    flexibility as you could further shrink the Windows partition and
    create new primary partitions on /dev/sda3 and /dev/sda4.

    Larry

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    ab@novell.com NNTP User

    Default Re: First real install of openSUSE.

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    No, look a little more closely. The first partition (/dev/sda2) is an
    extended partition and the other partitions are created as logical
    partitions underneath it. You should be fine. Unless, on the summary,
    you see /dev/sda1 (your main partition) as the color red (meaning
    potentially-dangerous operation like a resize or delete) you can rest
    assured it is not being touched in a negative way. The reason the
    numbers add up to around 30 GB is because you have around 15 free, and
    it's allocating one partition (extended) to hold them all, and then
    specifying them individually, essentially showing them all twice.

    Good luck.





    Powerman2442 wrote:
    | Okay, so I downloaded openSUSE 11 the other day, checked the checksum,
    | burned a LiveCD image, and used the Windows Vista partitioning program
    | to shrink my 120 GB HDD (111 GB usable) down by 14 GBs for openSUSE.
    | Which is what I've always done for Ubuntu.
    |
    | After shrinking my Vista partition I loaded up the LiveCD and
    | everything started up fine. I select Live Install and when it came to
    | the partition part of the install it was much different than that of
    | Ubuntu. I was unable to connect to the internet (using wireless) to
    | post exactly what the openSUSE partitioner was telling me, but I wrote
    | it down and am going to manually type it in with Vista.
    |
    | The partitioner said something to the affect of:
    |
    | Create extended partition /dev/sda2 (14.9 GB)
    | Create swap partition /dev/sda5 (1.86 GB)
    | Create root partition /dev/sda6 (5.8 GB) with ext3
    | Create partition /dev/sda7 (7.3 GB) for /home with ext3
    | Set mount point of /dev/sda1 to /windows/c
    |
    | I am trying to figure out how to use my empty 14 GB partition to
    | install openSUSE under, but it wants to use about 30 GBs to install
    | openSUSE under.
    |
    | With Ubuntu you can select "use largest continuous free space" and it
    | automatically uses the blank partition, creating home, root, and swap.
    | This is a little different. Any help would be great.
    |
    | Thanks,
    | Powerman2442
    |
    |
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  4. #4

    Default Re: First real install of openSUSE.

    Okay, I see what you are saying now. Yes they add up to around 14 GB not including the top extended partition. Thanks.

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