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From: Friedemann Schorer <friedemann.schorer@gmx.de>
Subject: debian-installer: want to use preexisting partitions without data loss
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Package: debian-installer
Severity: important

Hi!
I installed two machines recently and wasn't able to find a way to reuse
some linux partitions that existed from an earlier linux installation on
the same harddisk. This wasn't very problematic for me, but I guess
those who don't know linux good will have problems to find a solution
for this.

Everything else went smoothly with the two athlon machines I used the
installer on during the last week.

        Best regards (and thanks fro your great work!)



                Friedemann


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Subject: Re: Bug#283095: debian-installer: want to use preexisting partitions without data loss
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Quoting Friedemann Schorer (friedemann.schorer@gmx.de):
> Package: debian-installer
> Severity: important
> 
> Hi!
> I installed two machines recently and wasn't able to find a way to reuse
> some linux partitions that existed from an earlier linux installation on
> the same harddisk. This wasn't very problematic for me, but I guess
> those who don't know linux good will have problems to find a solution
> for this.


There's an option in partman for reusing existing partitions. 

Choose "Manually edit partition table", then go the the partition you
want to reuse, hit Enter, Choose "Use as:" and select its current
filesystem type...

Then, back to the partition edition menu, set "Format the
partition" to "no, keep existing data", choose the mount point and there
you are.

You further need to setup other partitions one by one, of course. The
automatitioning tool cannot help you there.

If you hard disk had some unpartitioned space, you can alternatively
choose automartitioning and ask it to use the unused space rather than
the whole hard disk. 

This will automatically setup new partitions in the free space, then
bring you to the partitions editing menu. Here, you can still choose
your existing partition and use the above steps for assigning it a
mount point in the future sstem.




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