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Linuxhelp _ Technical Support _ OpenSuse newbe installation question

Posted by: Danial Oct 22 2011, 05:09 PM

I am installing OpenSUSE 11.4. The system I have had an older version of OpenSUSE on it, but then I installed Windows in one of the partions. The partions look like this at installion:
Name Size F Type FSType Mount
sda1 22.01GB HPFS/NTFS NTFS /windows/c
sda2 210.88 Extended
sda5 20 F Linux native EXT4 /
sda6 20 Linux native EXT3
sda7 170.87 Linux native Ext3 /home

My question is that I don't appear to be using sda2 for Linux and sda6 may be wasted. Is that true and if so, how can I fix it. I want to keep Windows on the machine.

A second question: When going through the install, the loader says that it will erase all partitions. Will it erase the windows partion? That I do not want. While I will be using Linux as my main OS, I still need Windows.

Posted by: michaelk Oct 22 2011, 05:43 PM

Nothing to worry about. In a nutshell an extended partition is a container for logical partitions. It allows one to create more then 4 partitions on a MBR based partition disk. Any partition greater then 4 is a logical partition and is part of the extended partition.

If the installer says it will erase all partitions then it will including windows.

It appears that sda6 is not assigned a mount point and therefore not being used. You can mount sta6 for use as another data partition. What would you like to do with the unused space?

Posted by: Danial Oct 22 2011, 05:55 PM

So, the installer will actually erase the Windows partition? That's not what I want. I'd like to keep that partion. The rest are from the earlier version of OpenSUSE and can be erased.

I'd like to assign the unused space to Linux so I can use it for user(s)'s data.

Posted by: michaelk Oct 23 2011, 04:43 AM

I have not played with SuSE in a long time so I am unfamiliar with the installer. There should be more the one option. Typically there is use existing unallocated space use existing linux partitions or a manual/advanced option where you can create or select the desired partitions.

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