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    Default Installing on a USB Hard Disk

    Hello.

    I've bought an USB Hard Disk to install openSUSE.

    But I've found a problem with the partitions.

    I make a new partition, on /dev/sdb (USB Hard Disk), with 2 GB to /swap partition, 20 GB to / partition, and the rest, 450 GB, to /home partition.

    But, on the table of partitions appears /dev/sda (the hard disk of my PC, with Windows Vista) with the name "point of assembly" too.

    I don't want a point of assembly, and I don't want to uninstall Windows (yet), but if I removed this partition, I would lose all its content. Or am I wrong?

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    Camalen NNTP User

    Default Re: Installing on a USB Hard Disk

    Ignatius881 wrote:

    > I've bought an USB Hard Disk to install openSUSE.
    >
    > But I've found a problem with the partitions.
    >
    > I make a new partition, on /dev/sdb (USB Hard Disk), with 2 GB to /swap
    > partition, 20 GB to / partition, and the rest, 450 GB, to /home
    > partition.


    Re-think your partitioning scheme as it seems not so well equilibrated
    (hint: I find root volume "/" a bit small) :-)

    > But, on the table of partitions appears /dev/sda (the hard disk of my
    > PC, with Windows Vista) with the name "point of assembly" too.


    Explain that better. Most surely your hard disk where Vista is installed is
    just to be "mounted" at some point under usb new installation.

    > I don't want a point of assembly, and I don't want to uninstall Windows
    > (yet), but if I removed this partition, I would lose all its content. Or
    > am I wrong?


    As per my understanding, partitioner will only mount your hard disk (fixed
    one) under the new installed system (usb one). But that does not mean the
    vista installed system will be deleted or lost, just it will be configured
    to be accessible (attached/mounted) under the suse installation.

    Just be sure that opensuse is installed in the right unit (usb) and also,
    check the grub location. Bootloader installation is a very delicate step.

    Greetings,

    --
    Camalen

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