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    I have used Unix for ages on a Sun Workstation but never tried to install linux on my pc. I just got a new pc installed with Win 7, download a dvd for installing Suse. As I went through all the question/query, I came to a page right before the real installation begins. The message says that it will create new partition (from my spare space from C drive) which is fine with me. However it warns that all existing partitions will be formatted and all existing files will be deleted. That is when I chickened out and aborted the installation. Question here, did it really mean all the existing files will be deleted? I do not wish to have my Win 7 setting to be wiped out? Any suggestions for properly installing Suse without wiping out my Win & installation?
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    Default Re: suggestions for newbie in suse installation

    SUSE will not delete windows unless you specifically tell it to or allow it to use the entire HD

    Have a look at these
    Install openSUSE alongside Win7/Vista - A Guide

    https://picasaweb.google.com/caf4926/114_DVD_Install
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    Thanks for the quick response. Should I partition the disk through Win before I reboot to restart the Suse installation? Or
    just let the installation to partition my existing disk C

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    One other thing you might think about, since you are new to Linux, if you have the bandwidth and the spare CD's, try downloading a LiveCD (openSUSE has these linked from the main opensuse website). You can booting that up and trying Linux that way, and it won't make any changes to your computer. If something doesn't work, just shutdown, eject the CD, and reboot -- your computer will be just as it always was.

    I like to suggest this because it's a good way to make sure that your hardware is supported (and supported well) with Linux, and that you won't have a lot of frustration after installing when things like network cards don't work, video cards don't work (or don't display the wrong resolutions, etc).

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    Default Re: suggestions for newbie in suse installation

    Quote Originally Posted by donzhu View Post
    Thanks for the quick response. Should I partition the disk through Win before I reboot to restart the Suse installation? Or
    just let the installation to partition my existing disk C
    Don't use windows!

    How may partitions are there Now! See my guide about that. Get yourself this and post the fdisk -l info
    http://dl.dropbox.com/u/10573557/pmagic-4.5.iso
    Burn it to a cd
    You can use it later for other things too
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    Please forgive my ignorance. After I download the pmagic iso file, what do I do to call up the program to invoke fdisk -l?

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    Default Re: suggestions for newbie in suse installation

    Quote Originally Posted by donzhu View Post
    Please forgive my ignorance. After I download the pmagic iso file, what do I do to call up the program to invoke fdisk -l?
    You have to burn the .iso to a cd
    If windows can't do it (I take it you are using windows)
    Use an app like: Download ImgBurn 2.5.5.0 - FileHippo.com

    Then boot from the CD
    Using Parted Magic an Introduction
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    I did burn it on a cd. But when I reboot the machine, it still started to boot from the window. That was why I was puzzed...did I burn it with the wrong speed? (I chose 24x)

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    In Win 7 under "Disk Management" I just shrink my NTFS partition and let Linux create a new one from the empty space.
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    Windows can't just burn an *.iso the "right" way. It literally wrote a file called "openSuse.iso" to the disk. A real disc burning utility un-"zips" (for lack of a better term) the *.iso and burns the unzipped contents.
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