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    Default Installing New Disk

    I have a 4-year old GT5220 Gateway desktop --4 G memory, AMD Athlon 64X2 Dual Processor 3800+-- which originally came with Windows XP and later was “upgraded” to Vista. I decided to get rid of the Windows system completely and, after testing UBUNTU, I recently installed OpenSUSE 11.4 with GNOME 2.32.1.

    I don’t know much about Linux and hardware issues, but my hard disk is failing. This is the information from the SMART data test: Normalized: 181; Worst: 181; Threshold: 140; Value: 152 sectors. (This warning came up also in Ubuntu a few days ago.)

    I have read this other thread A hard disk may be failing where it’s discussed how to deal with a failing disk, but I’m leaning towards replacing the disk altogether with a 1T internal disk in order to minimize surprises later.

    My question is about how to do that and which disk would be a good choice for such replacement. My current and only disk is: ATA WDC2500BB-22RDA0, 250GB in capacity.

    I have never installed an internal disk and I guess I’m afraid I won’t be able to start the computer if I remove the failing disk before I install the new one. Will I be able to boot up from the DVD in which I burned OpenSUSE after I install the new disk?

    In addition to that, should I partition the new disk in a specific way given its size? I intent to use the computer mainly for web browsing and some image and (home) video editing.

    I am completely new about Linux and would like to learn about it by dedicating this computer to this operating system, but as you can see my technical knowledge is very limited.

    Most appreciatively,
    Madriles

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    Default Re: Installing New Disk

    On 05/26/2011 07:06 PM, Madriles wrote:
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    > I have a *4-year old GT5220 Gateway desktop*


    you can test the DVD with the old disk installed...but, if it were mine
    i would never boot from or mount the old disk again, until i was ready
    to get its data over to the new disk....so, here is how i would do it:

    1. boot from the openSUSE (what version??) DVD and do this:
    http://tinyurl.com/2ebcf27

    if it has any errors then you MUST get a good install disk..however, i
    still wouldn't boot from the failing drive until ready to harvest its
    data...find a friend! and use their computer/burner...

    2. shut down

    3. remove the old disk and install a new one (if you do not know how,
    READ, ask, find a friend....

    sorry, the buying decision is far too complicated for me to give you
    from here....well, you have an ATA now, so if you don't have SATA on
    that machine don't buy anything other than ATA...

    4. with the new disk only installed, boot from the openSUSE install disk
    and install it...i won't tell you what kind of partitioning you need,
    because i don't know...but the installer will suggest three, root, swap
    and home....that works for me, i don't know about you--READ!

    5. after the install, and full update then make some named directories
    inside your home to copy into from the old disk...(names like oldPhotos,
    oldEmail, etc etc etc etc)

    6. reinstall the old disk (along with the new one...be mindful of the
    master/slave switches) and then use a tool like midnight commander to
    copy all data you want to save from old to new..

    7. remove old disk

    fini

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    Default Re: Installing New Disk

    Thank you very much, DenverD.

    I'm running OpenSUSE 11.4.

    I think you do answer all my questions. I have no need to copy any data from the failing disk onto another because I just have not produced anything yet (I have my original data from Widows all backed up).

    I will make sure to test my DVD before I do anything else. Thank you for that warning--I didn't do it the first time...

    My main concern about the installation process was that for some reason booting the computer from the OpenSUSA installation DVD was not going to work with an empty, brand new disk, but I see from your answer that that is not a problem.

    (I was asking about hard drives in case there could have been any compatibility issue between some brands and Linux).

    Once again, you've been most helpful and now I feel more confident.

    Thank you.

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    Default Re: Installing New Disk

    On 05/26/2011 08:36 PM, Madriles wrote:
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    > now I feel more confident.


    good for you, have a lot of fun..

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    Default Re: Installing New Disk

    On 2011-05-26 20:36, Madriles wrote:

    > My main concern about the installation process was that for some reason
    > booting the computer from the OpenSUSA installation DVD was not going
    > to work with an empty, brand new disk, but I see from your answer that
    > that is not a problem.


    If you can, as you are planing for a large disk, leave space for two
    installs. You only need an extra root partition. This way you can test the
    next release without compromising the old one. Don't worry too much how to
    configure it, just leave the space. For example:

    1 root a (20..50 GiB)
    2 root b (")
    3 extended
    5 swap
    6 home

    This works best if you have generic MBR code (both installs), and mark
    either 1 or 2 as bootable.

    Three installs is just as easy if you want.

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    Carlos E. R.
    (from 11.2 x86_64 "Emerald" at Telcontar)

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    Default Re: Installing New Disk

    Thank you very much for the tip, Carlos. Saludos, JRA.

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