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  1. #1
    tictoc2 NNTP User

    Default Safe Partitions


    Hi. I have a 700GB Drive partitioned in 3 parts (C:,D:,E of which D:
    and E: contain backups, software, documents, music etc.. And i can at
    any time re-install windows without partitions D: and E: being
    effected.

    How can i achieve the same with Linux. Meaning having 2 (additional)
    partitions that a re-install of linux will not destroy. I can find no
    specific (easy walkthrough), 'HowTo' information on this.

    Though i prefer to have 2 (additional) partitions, i can combine to
    have only one, but is there a foolproof way to (during install), that
    the partiton will remain closed to any formatting.

    Regards


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  2. #2
    john hudson NNTP User

    Default Re: Safe Partitions


    Assuming you have all your data in /home in a separate partition, use
    the expert or custom partition option to specify that you want Linux to
    install only on / and leave the other partitions alone. That is how most
    people upgrade from one version to the next.

    Note that, unlike Windows, where every partition has to be accessed by
    its letter, if you assign more than one partition to /home, you will not
    see them in /home. Linux will use them as it sees fit.


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    caf4926 NNTP User

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    You can have as many partitions as you like, though in your case it
    would involve an extended partition with logical partitions with that.
    Linux is far more configurable than windows and will only install where
    you tell it.
    In linux we don't use drive letters but rather /dev/sda
    then
    sda1
    sda2

    sda1 would be like C
    sda2 = D

    and so on
    It's a total doddle


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  4. #4
    tictoc2 NNTP User

    Default Re: Safe Partitions


    Thanks for the info. I'm just used to windows asking where to install
    the O.S (typically C, and i can format or deleting/re-partition C:
    without fear of my data dissapearing.

    If i can (as you say), stuff everything into /Home, then all
    (hopefully), should be well.

    To be honest it's times like this i need a finger to jump out of the
    monitor and start waving side to side if i'm going to stuff up, or a
    thumbs up if i'm going to do the correct thing.

    Regards


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  5. #5
    caf4926 NNTP User

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    > stuff everything into /Home


    Where did I say that. I didn't.


    Code:
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    /dev/sda1 1 2978 22507033+ 7 HPFS/NTFS *(XP)*
    /dev/sda2 2978 3403 3213000 82 Linux* swap */ Solaris
    /dev/sda3 * 3403 5821 18281970 83 Linux (ROOT)
    /dev/sda4 5821 20674 112286317+ 5 *Extended*
    /dev/sda5 5821 15303 71681998+ 83 Linux (HOME)
    /dev/sda6 15303 20674 40604256 c W95 FAT32 (LBA) (STORE)

    --------------------


    Here is a look at one of mine. Simple. But see all the red are Primary.
    The blue is the extended so it is not a partition as such, the green are
    Logical partitions within the green extended.

    You can only have 4 primary
    So I create 4 as extended and you can have as many Logical in there as
    you want.

    Just create your current storage partitions like that in the extended.
    You can have linux partitions in there to as I have /home


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    tictoc2 NNTP User

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    No you didn't say that but it amounted to the same thing to me, meaning
    put all my data into /Home.

    Regards


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  7. #7
    tictoc2 NNTP User

    Default Re: Safe Partitions


    That remark was directed at john_hudson's reply prior to yours, and i
    must say i didn't disinguish between the answers so it's my bad.

    Regards


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