I just tried to install openSUSE 11.0 and it all went fine until I got to the partition screen. Thing is, I have 2 hard drives. One 74 gb raptor disc that I want to format and use with ext3 (I guess?) for linux. And one 500gb storage disc that I want to keep NTFS since it is only used for storing files.
Now, the problem is that when I get to the partition screen it makes up what it thinks is best for me which means screw my 500gb disc up. I want to leave my 500gb alone, and partition the 74gb to run as a system disc. I would appreciate some help in this matter. I don’t really know how big swap partition I should have and all that. And how to make it leave my 500gb alone. Should i just delete all the changes to the 500gb so it ignores that disc totally? And manually make the swap files and all that for the raptor? Primary or extended?
I’m so confused…
Edit: To simplify, I need help with what options I should make for the 74gb and the 500gb. If someone could explain how I can make the 74gb a system disc with a swap file and root and all that on it (if needed). That extended/primary and where to start the partition screen… It just makes me confused
If you have Vista running use it to shrink the partition you want to use and leave it as unallocated space. To do that, in Windows just right click on the drive and select "shrink partition (I think that’s it) and then it will open a Vista utility for that purpose.
The Suse installer will (should that is) pick it up and then you don’t have to use the advanced partitioning. Just click use unallocated space and it will do the rest. At least that was my experience.