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  1. Linux Manual
  2. Installation & Internet
  3. About the Author
  4. Content
  5. Installation
  6. Choosing a Linux Distribution
  7. Partition types
  8. Fdisk
  9. Understanding Mount Point /mnt
  10. Linux File Structure
  11. Creating a boot disk
  12. Welcome to Linux Installation
  13. Installation mode
  14. Partitioning
  15. Creating partitions with Druid
  16. Creating partitions manually
  17. Formatting Partitions
  18. Individual packages selection
  19. The root account
  20. Network configuration
  21. The time zone
  22. Configuring Services
  23. Configuring X
  24. Installing Mandrake 9.1 & 9.2
  25. Installation Class
  26. The Drake X Partitioning
  27. Package Selection
  28. Configuring X
  29. The Internet
  30. Creating a new user
  31. Getting online
  32. Configuring the connection (Dial UP)
  33. High Speed Internet
  34. DSL Modems and Cable modems
  35. Connecting DSL as DHCP
  36. Setting up a Plain Cable Modem (DOCSIS)
  37. Connecting an ISDN
  38. Using Routers
  39. Login Protocols
  40. PPPoE
  41. WAN IP Address
  42. Commercial Configuration
  43. Troubleshooting

Creating partitions with Druid

Now we are ready to create the partitions for our system. At this point you either choose or create a partition for the installation. You must pay attention if you have more than one hard drive in order to select the appropriate. For the first IDE hard drive would be: hda and for the second would be hdb, the first SCSI sda and so on.

When creating your partition you will see five useful options on the panel: Clear all, Auto Allocate, More, Undo and Done.

Clear all: Clears everything current on the partition table.

Auto allocate: Displays three options that allocates the partition automatically based on needs.

  • With /user
  • Simple
  • Server

More: Under this option there are other options that you might need:

  • Save partition table
  • Restore partition table
  • Rescue partition table
  • Reload partition table
  • Removable media auto mounting

Undo: This option undoes any changes you just made to the partition before save.
Done: Use this to save the changes made to the partition table.

Sit back and relax, creating partitions is not that difficult when you are working with Linux. You will love mandrake after this installation; everything is visual. Other distributions offer visual but not intuitive as mandrake.

Any distribution that you decide to go with will be exactly the same at system level. Some are easy to understand and some not. I truly believe that after this installation you will be able to install any Linux distribution.

To begin manipulating the partition table, click on the blank space (remaining) of the hard drive and then click on auto allocate.

Option 1

  1. Select the first option with /user and click OK

That will create:

hda option 1
Fig. 1.14

If you decide to keep this option, Click on Done to save, otherwise click on Clear all or Undo (clear all, clears everything, including your current windows partition).

Option 2

  1. Click on auto allocate again; now select simple and click OK.

That will create:

hda option 2
Fig. 1.15

Again if you want to keep this option, click on Done otherwise click on Undo, or clear all.

Option 3 (This option is what we need)

  1. Click on auto allocate, this time select Server

This will create the most important layout that you will need for your server.

That will create:

hda option 3
Fig. 1.16

Once you clicked ok, the disk druid auto allocates the space for each partition. To keep this setting click Done to save.

Hey, this is just a demo. If you are not satisfied with the allocation size you can create the partitions manually.