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GamefreQ
01-02-2009, 02:07 AM
I have a 1 TB hard drive; two 512 GB partitions. one partition has windows, the other is blank. Obviously, vista is on the C:/ partition. So I want to install OPENSUSE LINUX, but it doesn't display the drive letters.it displays some dev/sda thing:confused: :confused: :confused: :confused: In vista, how do I find the dev/sda name?:D

mjc
01-02-2009, 02:24 AM
You don't...

Linux will most likely see the two partitions on the drive (or the formatted one and the rest as blank space). You have a single SATA or SCSI drive installed...that is what dev/sda means. Now, in all likelihood, Vista will be dev/sda1 and the blank space dev/sda2. The installer should automatically see this and offer that as the recommended option...or to divide that massive space into several smaller chunks (which I recommend).

GamefreQ
01-02-2009, 04:41 AM
You don't...

Linux will most likely see the two partitions on the drive (or the formatted one and the rest as blank space). You have a single SATA or SCSI drive installed...that is what dev/sda means. Now, in all likelihood, Vista will be dev/sda1 and the blank space dev/sda2. The installer should automatically see this and offer that as the recommended option...or to divide that massive space into several smaller chunks (which I recommend).

So I have to guess? Yes it does show sda1 and 2, but i don't have good luck with guessing, last time I reformatted the wrong drive and had to get some partition recovery software off the internet to recover it.

mjc
01-02-2009, 10:19 AM
If you partitioned the drive, formatted that partition with Windows and then installed Windows, first, there is a 99.99999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999 99999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999 99999999999999999999999999999999% percent chance that Windows is sda1 !

The Linux installer should show what the existing partitions are before allowing you to commit to any changes.

GamefreQ
01-02-2009, 10:29 PM
If you partitioned the drive, formatted that partition with Windows and then installed Windows, first, there is a 99.99999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999 99999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999 99999999999999999999999999999999% percent chance that Windows is sda1 !

The Linux installer should show what the existing partitions are before allowing you to commit to any changes.

My computer came with the drives formatted and everything its a Gateway. Thanks for the help guys :) I guess that guessing sda1 is the best option. Is there any way for me to upgrade from Vista Home Premium x86 to the 64bit version? Approximately how much would be the upgrade, and would I lose my files/settings/compatibility? What is the pros and cons of this?

mjc
01-02-2009, 11:52 PM
I have a 1 TB hard drive; two 512 GB partitions. one partition has windows, the other is blank.


My computer came with the drives formatted and everything its a Gateway.

I'm confused...just exactly how did your machine come configured?

Paul Komski
01-03-2009, 04:21 AM
Is blank a partition you cannot visualise or use or is it unallocated space?

Check Disk Management to visualise the layout; RClick Computer and choose Manage to get there. You can also use sudo fdisk -l (l = lower case L and not the number 1 or uppercase i) from any Linux command prompt to get a list of all hard drive details in Linux terminology. BiNG (in my sig) will also show you the geometry as might Partition Info (PartInNT version) which can be unzipped from the symantec FTP folder (ftp://ftp.symantec.com/public/english_us_canada/tools/pq/utilities/PartInNT.zip).

I suspect you could just install SuSE and let it repartition things the way it wants by agreeing to the default suggestions during installation.