is there a way to get install opensuse on my entire hard drive when at the installation screens?
i have a 80gb hard drive and when i tried to install it, it does install and it works well, my only gripe is that when i choose ‘use entire drive’ option at installation, it just lists the rest of the free space on my harddrive and installs on that.
tried it last night as i am trying to make the move permanently to opensuse from ubuntu as i like the way suse is ran.
ubuntu took up 5ish gb of my hard drive and opensuse installed itself on the remaining 70 odd gb left.
i know ubuntu has a option to use the entire drive on installation and it does use it, so was wondering if theres a way with suse?
edit: also when i managed to install opensuse, it allocated 20gb to root and i was left with 55ish gb to play with. i was expecting to get to play with the 80gb minus the space for the OS.
During installation, click on Edit partition. Once you are at the screen, partition the harddisk the way you want it. If you dont need any existing partitions then select all the partitions and delete it. After that partition ur 80GB the way u want it.
I think you may be confusing the difference between what hard drive manufacturers call a Gigabyte and what everyone else calls a gigabyte. The hard drive manufacturer will use a system where:
1 kilobyte = 1000 bytes
1 megabyte = 1000 kilobytes
1 gigabyte = 1000 megabytes
However, all operating systems will use a system based on a binary counting system where:
1 kilobyte = 1024 bytes
1 megabyte = 1024 kilobytes
1 gigabyte = 1024 megabytes
because 1024 = 2^10.
So, what is labeled as a 80 GB drive on the box, will always show up with only having 74.5 GB available. So, you aren’t really missing anything. It is confusing though, and hopefully some day it will be straightened out.
I suggest to have a root partition, swap partition and home partition.
/ - 30 to 40 gb
swap - twice the RAM size
/home - rest of the space
This way, you can install the next openSUSE version (11.1) when it comes out without re-formatting the /home partition where you can keep all your files (mails, documents and other stuff). I have been doing this from SuSE 9 onwards!