New "scared" user exiling from windows!

Its always good to ask! :slight_smile:

One thing I do, when I have commands suggested to me, is copy and paste the command into google, and do a search on it. I find that works great, and saves a slow forum iteration.

darkhound@darkbox:~> df -h
Filesystem Size Used Avail Use% Mounted on
/dev/sda2 20G 3.7G 16G 20% /
udev 1006M 108K 1006M 1% /dev
/dev/sda3 89G 504M 84G 1% /home
/dev/sdb1 112G 81G 32G 72% /media/sdb1


darkbox:/home/darkhound # su -c ‘fdisk -l’

Disk /dev/sda: 120.0 GB, 120034123776 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 14593 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
Disk identifier: 0x04c604c6

Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/sda1 1 262 2104483+ 82 Linux swap / Solaris
/dev/sda2 * 263 2873 20972857+ 83 Linux
/dev/sda3 2874 14593 94140900 83 Linux

Disk /dev/sdb: 120.0 GB, 120034123776 bytes
16 heads, 63 sectors/track, 232581 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 1008 * 512 = 516096 bytes
Disk identifier: 0x8c1bfdb8

Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/sdb1 1 232581 117220792+ 42 SFS
darkbox:/home/darkhound #

Any comments?

Ok, I can see:
/dev/sda1 is your 1G swap
/dev/sda2 is a 20G / (root)
/dev/sda3 is an 89G /home
/dev/sdb1 is a 112G SFS under /media/sdb1
I do not know anything about SFS (secure file storage ? ).

Sorry, I can’t help.

I am so happy you didn’t lose your data. Learn from this and don’t mess around with your SENSITIVE DATA without understanding more about linux first!
Priorities (if I may) suggest:
#1 – learn the ‘mount’ command, and especially some ntfs-3g options (Google “ntfs-3g”)
#2 – mount your external media in a directory underneath /media directory. For example, SUSE might automatically mount your second HDD under /media/Windows or something. Then, make a “symbolic link” from /media/Windows to your home directory (which in GNU/Unix is ~ (tilde) or /home/felipe in my case. In a terminal you can type “ln -s /media/Windows ~” this will create a “shortcut” from /media/Windows to /home/felipe/Windows (if “felipe” is your username). So any time you type “ls /home/felipe/Windows” it is the same as typing “ls /media/Windows” because the OS sees them as the same thing (sort of =)
#3 – use your NTFS directory in READ-ONLY mode until you are better aquainted with linux, SUSE, mount, and ntfs-3g

42 SFS is Secure File System, something to do with encrypted DOS partition. I see on Google that it can be a misinterpreted, messed up NTFS partition. If sdb1 is the drive that contains your media files, the ones that were missing, I suggest to urgently back them up. I don’t think you’ll get a third chance.

So I strongly recommend to make a copy of the files before doing anything else. And then tell us what you think is the filesystem type on the drive sdb1, where did the drive come from, how were you using it before Linux?

Aye! Back up yer sH|+ !

Well… I will go buy an EXTERNAL HDD! And back up everything in that HDD.

IIRC… It was a NTFS formated drive that just had MP3s and some other files.

I will not do anything to it untill i back up the rest of the stuff.

Now… once i plug in my extenal HDD to suse… what will it become? What if i want to move around my external hdd? wILL OTHER machines be able to read it?


Linux n00b here as well so I feel your pain. It will get better with time. :smiley:

Assuming it is formatted with either Fat32 or NTFS Suse will read it just fine. Both should cause no problems in any windows system or Opensuse. Back up everything before doing anything else with hard drives or partitions. And as mentioned before ALWAYS backup your sensitive/personal/‘have to keep’ data before installing ANY operating system.

Take a good look at the hard drive configurations when installing Opensuse. It does a excellent job in keeping info you want and is easy to understand ones you know a bit more about linux and partitions.

I personally left my windows in one piece for gaming reasons but do anything else in Linux. :slight_smile:

Good luck in your journey because that is what it is. And, d@mn it’s one heck of a ride! :cool:

Thanks guys!

Now i need to know how to install programs, and i still dont know if my partition was setup correctly!

Assuming you opted for KDE as your windows manager go to Yast via the ‘Start Menu’ - Computer - Administrator Settings. Enter your root password when prompted. Under the software section click ‘Software Repositories’. Click ‘Add’ - Community Repositories and add the ones you want.

I would add Main update server, OSS, Non-OSS, OpenOffice, Videolan, Mozilla and Packman. Also, if you have either a Ati or Nvidia video card add the repository of the one you need. Think of repositories as an online library of software.

After this is done you can open Install Software by clicking ‘Start’ - Computer - Install software. Enter your Root password when prompted. Play around with it for a bit but don’t remove anything you don’t know what it does. Yast will take care of any dependencies. It’s a bit of a learning curve but mostly a pleasant one.

I would add Main update server, OSS, Non-OSS, OpenOffice, Videolan, Mozilla and Packman. Also, if you have either a Ati or Nvidia video card add the repository of the one you need. Think of repositories as an online library of software.

Excuse my ignorance, what is Main update server? oss non-oss?

Are those things i will add or what?

The update server is the server where all the updates will be posted (duh! :D). Oss stands for Open Source Software. This is a server full of programs and packages that are Open Source. Non-OSS is the opposite but both are free. .

That’s a good policy. Sounds like you need the extra drive as your insurance policy. The old drive with the type 42 filesystem cannot possibly be an encrypted dos partition. It must be a corrupted ntfs partition. So once the data are backed up you can reformat it and put it back into service.

But I wouldn’t even be powering that old drive up again until you are ready to copy the data across to the new drive.

Just an IMHO.

So i can Safely plug my EXTERNAL HDD right now in suse and pass all my files and then format my other INTERNAL HDD?

Now to question number 2.

I did NOT find the OSS AND NON-OSS repositories, neither did i find the manual one… i just found the nvidia and the pakaman?


These are the repositoresi have
Click this link please HERE

Did you follow this instruction:
Repositories/11.0 - openSUSE-Community

I did… and this is all that appears!!!


Help pleaseª!

Please, go about this slowly and methodically. When you went to YaST → Software → Software Management. Then, in the menu: Repositories → Repository Manager. … at this point, before hitting the “Add” you will have a list of repositories. … can you STOP and take a look as to what is there??? Are you saying there is nothing there ???

For example, take a look at my openSUSE-11.0 KDE-3.5.9 PC yast:](

First of all, i want to apologize for my noobness

On this link

Darkhound’s Photo Gallery :: Misc Stuff :: availreposi

I posted a pic of all the repositories that i see i can add… do you want me to get a screenie of the ones i currently have?

These are the ones i have

My configured click here