cant install linux onto a partition

By ragez0r
Jun 25, 2005
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  1. k.. so.. i made a partition using partition magic for red hat linux.. i boot into it.. using the cd's... everythings fine.. then its the part where it asks me to partition stuff.. i chose manual (druid)
    i click on the partition i made for linux
    which is on C: /dev/hda ????

    it tells me
    "you have not defind a root partition (/) which is required for installation of red had linux etc.."

    help please ?

  2. KindledSpirit

    KindledSpirit Newcomer, in training Posts: 25

    Are you sure that its not asking for "/boot" boot partition

    when u install linux to my knowledge u need 3 partitions "/boot" "/" both of these in ext3 format and then a "swap" in swap funily enough
  3. ragez0r

    ragez0r Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 106

    nope.. im quoting exactly what i saw.. and please.. this partitioning crap is new to me.. and linux even newer.. i need simplicity here

  4. IronDuke

    IronDuke Newcomer, in training Posts: 1,267

    Use PM to delete the Linux partition and use Auto rather than manual and it will offer to use unallocated space. It will then create the needed partitions.
  5. Mictlantecuhtli

    Mictlantecuhtli TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 4,916   +9

    Actually, you only need one, "/". Swap partition is not mandatory, only recommended. If there are no other partitions like /boot, /home, /usr, they'll appear as subdirectories of /. (well, they do that even if they are separate partitions)
  6. Nodsu

    Nodsu Newcomer, in training Posts: 9,431

    You are supposed to choose the format for the partition and the mount point.
    Choose Ext3 and / as the mount point.
  7. ragez0r

    ragez0r Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 106

    thank you. ill give that a try
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