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Newbie's guide to installing SuSE 6.4

1. Entire Hard Disk.

2. Custom Partitioning.

Entire Hard Disk: Over here once again it asks for two questions.

a.) Use entire Hard Disk.

b.) Use custom partition that already exists.

Use entire Hard Disk: On selecting this option, SuSE will create a

default partitions structure, format your hard disk and install Linux on it.

All data on your hard disk will be lost and there is no way of recovering it.

Just make sure that you already have a backup of the important data on your

hard drive. This is a good option to select if one intends to have only

SuSE 6.4 as the operating system.

Use custom partition: In this, all the existing partitions are

displayed and one has to select the partition on which Linux should be

installed. The only problem with this is--except the first option where

Windows is loaded--on all other options, an error message appears, saying

"Must start from the highest ordered position". This implies that to install

Linux, one needs to delete Windows.

Custom Partitioning: This is a good option to select even if one is not

familiar with the partition table. The main reason being customization. All or

specific partitions can be deleted, partitions can be created (if free space

exists) and one can assign the required amount of space for every partition

made.

On selecting CREATE, the following options should be selected:

Data with ext2 - Ext2 is the default Linux filesystem. Like FAT under

DOS/Windows

Format - Whether to format the newly created partition

Mount point "/" - Each partition under Linux has to be placed somewhere in

the directory heirarchy. The mount point is the directory under which the

partition will be accessible.

Start/Stop Cylinder - Here you will enter the size of the partition to

create. You can specify the number of cylinders which is not very

intuitive or you could specify the size in GB or MB. Just prefix the size

with a '+' and put a 'M' for MB a 'G' for GB as a suffix. To great a

partition of size 3 GB you would say +3G or +3072M.

Creating the SWAP partition: Just as Windows uses .tmp or .swp files for

swapping, Linux requires a separate partition for the same. To make a SWAP

partition, just press create, then click on the option SWAP, choose a size

as explained above and press OK.