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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

The Drake X Partitioning

Drake X Partitioning
Fig. 1.43

Depending on your situation you will have to consider this screen. Some user will opt for dual boot some not. Your situation however may require special attention! To make this simple for everyone:

  • Select Custom disk partitioning.
  • Click Next

Custom disk partitioning, will allow you to manipulate the drive in expert mode, especially if you resized your existing windows partition. You probably don't want to wipe out your windows if you are planning a dual boot!

Manage Filesystem Types
Fig. 1.44 The blank (white) space is the remaining part of the hard drive available for this installation.

For instance observe the above picture, it shows an existing windows partition. And the only way to keep it there is by selecting custom partitioning from the previous screen.

Fig. 1.45
Fig. 1.45

If the drive is brand new or no partition at all it should look like figure 1.45. Where hda will represent your first IDE hard drive

At the bottom of this screen you have the following buttons, which will be used to create your partitions:

Clear allAuto AllocateMore

Clear all: Clears everything including your windows partitions.
Auto allocate: This option creates the /root partition, the swap partition and /home partition.

More: Display other buttons such as save partition, restore partition table, Rescue partition table and reload partition table.

At the bottom of this screen, there are other four main buttons.

HelpUndoToggle to expert modeDone
Toggle to normal mode

Undo: This option undoes any changes before saved.
Toggle to expert mode: This is the preferred button for creating the necessary partitions.
Done: Clicking on this option will save and format the partition created.

  • Click on toggle modes

[When switching to expert mode, normal mode is displayed on this button.]

Many more options are available on the choose action panel.

    Actions:
  • Mount point
  • Type
  • Options
  • Resize
  • Format
  • Delete

Now if you click on Auto allocate, the following options are available:

  • With /usr
  • Simple
  • Server

The option we are interested in is the server option even if you are planning on a workstation installation only.

If you already planned to use the entire remaining part of the hard drive, just select auto allocate with server option to create the following partitions.

Fig. 1.46
Fig. 1.46 Server layouts

This partition is auto allocated when server option is selected.
If this option does not satisfy your needs, click on undo and click on the blank part of the hard drive and on the choose action

  • Click on create.

This will allow you to create partitions manually (set the size as you prefer). Refer to creating partitions manually in Mandrake 9.0 installation. Once the partitions are created, click on Done. You will be warned that drive hda will be written, click OK. The partitions will be formatted.