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    Default Installation Partition Issue

    I am beginning the process of migrating to Opensuse 13.1 from Mint 12. My computer is dual boot, currently with Windows 7 and Mint. I began the installation process but aborted it due to the recommendations made by Opensuse's installation program, which are as follows:


    • Delete partition /dev/sda1 (100.00 MB)
    • Delete Windows partition /dev/sda2 (82.25 GB). Resize impossible due to inconsistent file system. Try checking file system under Windows.
    • Delete partition /dev/sda3 (209.89 GB)
    • Delete partition /dev/sda5 (201.97 GB)
    • Delete partition /dev/sda6 (7.92 GB)
    • Create root volume /dev/sda1 (20.00 GB) with ext4
    • Create volume /dev/sda2 (272.23 GB) for /home with ext4
    • Use /dev/sda4 as swap

    Obviously, I do not want to delete Windows. I have checked my system using gparted, which has the following, which is shown in the same order as it appears in gparted:

    Partition / File System / Mount Point / Label / Size
    /dev/sda1 / ntfs / System Reserved / 100.00 MiB
    /dev/sda2 / ntfs / 82.2 GiB
    \/ /dev/sda3 / extended / 209.898 GiB
    **/dev/sda5 / ext4 / [root "/" shown] 201.97 GiB
    **/dev/sda6 / linux-swap / 7.92 GiB
    /dev/sda4 / linux-swap / 5.86 GiB

    I note that sda5 and sda6 appear to be within sda3 while sda4 is separate from sda3, which is why I show a down arrow before sda3 and indents (shown as "**") for sda5 and sda6. I am not quite sure how I ended up with two swap partitions. As noted, sda5 contains both root and home.

    My guess is to delete sda3 (including sda5 and sda6) and sda4, then set up a root partition, home partition and swap partition. However, I am not sure of the process or the sizes to devote to each partition. I have done this successfully previously in Arch (where installation is done manually), but that was some time ago, so I am not wholly a newbie to the partition process but am, nonetheless, not quite sure of the process. My guess is that root should have at least 25 GiB (which is what is used in Arch), home should get the rest of the space, except for maybe 2 GiB for swap. I am not sure how the partition will be set, so far as labeling although I assume it will be sda4 for root, sda5 for home and sda6 for swap. I assume that I would mark sda4 (i.e., the root partition) as the mount point.

    Also, I am not sure what to make of the comment in Suse's proposed partition plan that reads: "/dev/sda2 (82.25 GB). Resize impossible due to inconsistent file system. Try checking file system under Windows." I rarely use the Windows side but, when I do, everything is ok with it. I have no interest in resizing anything unless it is really necessary and I have interest in scrubbing the entire drive..

    Any help on any of getting opensue properly installed, dual boot with Windows 7, would be appreciated.

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    Default Re: Installation Partition Issue

    That is just an automated suggestion you don't have to accept it. You can create the partition scheme you want . But if you are fearful go into windows and free up the space you want to devote to openSUSE ie delete and re-size as you would like. The installer will then use the free space you provide. You provide no free space originally and the installer has no way to read your mind on what you want to do. Also be sure that you have shut down Windows properly since the installer is saying the MS file system is inconsistent. So it has either not been shut down correctly or needs to be defraged

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    Default Re: Installation Partition Issue

    Please post a copy the results your fdisk -l between CODE# markers.



    Found suits self with openSUSE to keep within my 500 GB Hard Drive two sets, first the current then the previous version to full back to.

    Use for swap around 2 GB for / root partitions usually allocate around 20 GB, with larger separate partitions for /home and other storage.






    Code:
     
    linux-30s5:~ # fdisk -l
    
    Disk /dev/sda: 500.1 GB, 500103634432 bytes, 976764911 sectors
    Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
    Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
    I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
    Disk label type: dos
    Disk identifier: 0x00000000
    
       Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
    /dev/sda1            2048    20965375    10481664   83  Linux
    /dev/sda2        20965376    63119359    21076992   83  Linux
    /dev/sda3   *    63119360   105482239    21181440   83  Linux
    /dev/sda4               1           1           0+  ee  GPT
    
    Partition table entries are not in disk order
    linux-30s5:~ #
    NOTE am finding above incorrect results from fdisk -l so view my partition from using gdisk below

    NOTE my xxxx replaces actual identifiers, for possible security limitations (?)


    Code:
    linux-30s5:~ # gdisk /dev/sda
    GPT fdisk (gdisk) version 0.8.7
    
    Partition table scan:
      MBR: hybrid
      BSD: not present
      APM: not present
      GPT: present
    
    Found valid GPT with hybrid MBR; using GPT.
    
    Command (? for help): ?
    b    back up GPT data to a file
    c    change a partition's name
    d    delete a partition
    i    show detailed information on a partition
    l    list known partition types
    n    add a new partition
    o    create a new empty GUID partition table (GPT)
    p    print the partition table
    q    quit without saving changes
    r    recovery and transformation options (experts only)
    s    sort partitions
    t    change a partition's type code
    v    verify disk
    w    write table to disk and exit
    x    extra functionality (experts only)
    ?    print this menu
    
    Command (? for help): p
    Disk /dev/sda: 976764911 sectors, 465.8 GiB
    Logical sector size: 512 bytes
    Disk identifier (GUID): C689Axxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx
    Partition table holds up to 128 entries
    First usable sector is 34, last usable sector is 976764877
    Partitions will be aligned on 2048-sector boundaries
    Total free space is 4012 sectors (2.0 MiB)
    
    Number  Start (sector)    End (sector)  Size       Code  Name
       1            2048        20965375   10.0 GiB    0700  primary
       2        20965376        63119359   20.1 GiB    0700  primary
       3        63119360       105482239   20.2 GiB    EF00  primary
       4       105482240       420259839   150.1 GiB   0700  primary
       5       420259840       735246335   150.2 GiB   0700  primary
       6       735246336       944959487   100.0 GiB   0700  primary
       7       944959488       976762879   15.2 GiB    0700  primary
    
    Command (? for help): q
    linux-30s5:~ #

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    Default Re: Installation Partition Issue

    Quote Originally Posted by nef131 View Post
    Also, I am not sure what to make of the comment in Suse's proposed partition plan that reads: "/dev/sda2 (82.25 GB). Resize impossible due to inconsistent file system. Try checking file system under Windows." I rarely use the Windows side but, when I do, everything is ok with it. I have no interest in resizing anything unless it is really necessary and I have interest in scrubbing the entire drive..
    If you hibernate when you exit Windows, the file system will show as corrupt.

    I would recommend a "CHKDSK /F" on Windows, and a clean shutdown.

    I'm not sure if Windows 7 has "fast boot". If it does, turn that off. Windows 8 has that, and it silently hibernates leaving the file system in an apparently corrupt condition (because some of the essential information is in the hibernation file instead of in file system structures).
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    Default Re: Installation Partition Issue

    Please post a copy the results your fdisk -l between CODE# markers.
    Thanks for the suggestion. Here are my results:

    Code:
    sudo fdisk -l
    [sudo] password for neal: 
    
    Disk /dev/sda: 320.1 GB, 320072933376 bytes
    255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 38913 cylinders, total 625142448 sectors
    Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
    Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
    I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
    Disk identifier: 0x00030620
    
       Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
    /dev/sda1   *        2048      206847      102400    7  HPFS/NTFS/exFAT
    /dev/sda2          206848   172689407    86241280    7  HPFS/NTFS/exFAT
    /dev/sda3       172691454   612853759   220081153    5  Extended
    /dev/sda4       612853760   625141759     6144000   82  Linux swap / Solaris
    /dev/sda5       172691456   596246527   211777536   83  Linux
    /dev/sda6       596248576   612853759     8302592   82  Linux swap / Solaris
    
    Disk /dev/sdb: 320.1 GB, 320072933376 bytes
    255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 38913 cylinders, total 625142448 sectors
    Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
    Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
    I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
    Disk identifier: 0xf778ca22
    
       Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
    /dev/sdb1            2048   625141759   312569856    7  HPFS/NTFS/exFAT

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    Default Re: Installation Partition Issue

    On 2013-11-29 23:46, nef131 wrote:
    >
    > I am beginning the process of migrating to Opensuse 13.1 from Mint 12.
    > My computer is dual boot, currently with Windows 7 and Mint. I began the
    > installation process but aborted it due to the recommendations made by
    > Opensuse's installation program, which are as follows:


    So your previous Mint can be overwritten.


    > - Delete partition /dev/sda1 (100.00 MB)
    > - Delete Windows partition /dev/sda2 (82.25 GB). Resize impossible
    > due to inconsistent file system. Try checking file system under
    > Windows.


    Just do it. Not for resizing, but because that way Linux should be able
    to mount it.

    >
    > Obviously, I do not want to delete Windows. I have checked my system
    > using gparted, which has the following, which is shown in the same order
    > as it appears in gparted:


    Better to use code tags to write these things.

    Code:
    
    > *Partition /  File  System / Mount Point /     Label  /   Size*
    > /dev/sda1 /    ntfs / System Reserved / 100.00 MiB
    > /dev/sda2  /   ntfs / 82.2 GiB
    > \/ /dev/sda3 / extended / 209.898 GiB
    > **/dev/sda5 /  ext4                 /  [root "/" shown] 201.97 GiB
    > **/dev/sda6 /  linux-swap / 7.92 GiB
    > /dev/sda4 / linux-swap / 5.86 GiB
    So, you can destroy sda3, 4, 5, and 6, and let the system do a new
    proposal on that space.

    Steps.

    In installation mode, unselect "automatic".

    When you get to the partitioning dialogs, press "create partition
    setup". Then select the disk you want to use (not custom partitioning).
    You arrive to a list of partitions that you can select or not with
    tickboxes: just tick sda3, 4, 5, and 6, and click next. You will have a
    new proposal that erases just those partitions, and will leave alone
    sda1 and 2.

    Just what you want :-)

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    Cheers / Saludos,

    Carlos E. R.
    (from 12.3 x86_64 "Dartmouth" at Telcontar)

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    Default Re: Installation Partition Issue

    Quote Originally Posted by robin_listas View Post
    On 2013-11-29 23:46, nef131 wrote:
    >
    > I am beginning the process of migrating to Opensuse 13.1 from Mint 12.
    > My computer is dual boot, currently with Windows 7 and Mint. I began the
    > installation process but aborted it due to the recommendations made by
    > Opensuse's installation program, which are as follows:


    So your previous Mint can be overwritten.


    > - Delete partition /dev/sda1 (100.00 MB)
    > - Delete Windows partition /dev/sda2 (82.25 GB). Resize impossible
    > due to inconsistent file system. Try checking file system under
    > Windows.


    Just do it. Not for resizing, but because that way Linux should be able
    to mount it.

    >
    > Obviously, I do not want to delete Windows. I have checked my system
    > using gparted, which has the following, which is shown in the same order
    > as it appears in gparted:


    Better to use code tags to write these things.

    Code:
    
    > *Partition /  File  System / Mount Point /     Label  /   Size*
    > /dev/sda1 /    ntfs / System Reserved / 100.00 MiB
    > /dev/sda2  /   ntfs / 82.2 GiB
    > \/ /dev/sda3 / extended / 209.898 GiB
    > **/dev/sda5 /  ext4                 /  [root "/" shown] 201.97 GiB
    > **/dev/sda6 /  linux-swap / 7.92 GiB
    > /dev/sda4 / linux-swap / 5.86 GiB
    So, you can destroy sda3, 4, 5, and 6, and let the system do a new
    proposal on that space.

    Steps.

    In installation mode, unselect "automatic".

    When you get to the partitioning dialogs, press "create partition
    setup". Then select the disk you want to use (not custom partitioning).
    You arrive to a list of partitions that you can select or not with
    tickboxes: just tick sda3, 4, 5, and 6, and click next. You will have a
    new proposal that erases just those partitions, and will leave alone
    sda1 and 2.

    Just what you want :-)

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    Cheers / Saludos,

    Carlos E. R.
    (from 12.3 x86_64 "Dartmouth" at Telcontar)
    Thank you. This seems like a good proposal and I shall follow it.

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    Default Re: Installation Partition Issue

    Select when asked, to create separate / root and /home partitions and the swap partition which with linux can be within extended partition.

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    Default Re: Installation Partition Issue

    From your first post I get the idea that you do not realy feel at home with partitions (primary, extended, logical ones). This might help you: SDB:Basics of partitions, filesystems, mount points - openSUSE

    Also, as a general remark, the installer tries to use free space on the disk when it is available. Free space meaning: no partitions assigned. That means that it is best to remove all partitions from the disk that you do not need before starting the installation. For people that want to keep their Windows system and multi-boot, that would mean to keep only the partitions needed for running that Windows system. Then the installer will first and foremost try to cope with the non-assignend space. Thus partitioning before installing is mostly not a good idea (the installer will se no free space, it is not clairvoyant and cann not detect those partitions are not in use for anything usefull). It can be done however when you are prepared to go into the partitioner at install time to exectly tell the installer to use your pre-aranged partitions and how and for what.
    Henk van Velden

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    Default Re: Installation Partition Issue

    On 2013-11-30 11:06, hcvv wrote:

    > Also, as a general remark, the installer tries to use free space on the
    > disk when it is available. Free space meaning: no partitions assigned.
    > That means that it is best to remove all partitions from the disk that
    > you do not need before starting the installation.


    If you read my post, you will see that I describe a section in the
    installer where you can select exactly which partitions to delete and
    use, and then the installer makes a proposal. I forgot to take a photo.

    I mention this because I do not remember seeing this section before, I
    do not know if it is new with 13.1 or older. But I find it very useful.

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    Cheers / Saludos,

    Carlos E. R.
    (from 12.3 x86_64 "Dartmouth" at Telcontar)

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