Re: Question on install to second hard-drive
In message <email@example.com>, Gary Bentley
Can anyone help... My apologies if this is the wrong group...
I have recently installed a second hard-drive in my machine.
My first drive contains a dual-boot of W2K and Fedora Core 2.
I would like to put Debian 3.0 on the second disk.
Trouble is when I tried to install, everything was going o.k. until it
wanted to re-use the swap partition on drive 1. I wasn't able to
specify that I wanted to have a swap partition on drive 2. So I
stopped the install.
So the question is, will "re-using" the swap partition have any impact
on FC2? (I can't afford it to be "more" broken than it is) More
Not a problem. Nothing is left there when the OS shuts down (at least,
not intentionally). The general belief is that having swap on a
different physical drive to the data and programs is beneficial, as it
would seem likely to require much less head movement.
can I specify to Debian that it should create and use a swap partition
on the second disk (I would like to eventually get rid of the first
disk cause it's getting a little old).
I'm not certain it can be done at installation time (I've always shared
an existing swap) but it can certainly be done afterwards if you want
to. The mkswap command formats a swap space and /etc/fstab tells the OS
where it is at boot time. Or you can turn swap spaces on or off while
running, if you are sure they are not in use.
Also, during the install can I tell Debian (I didn't get this far) to
NOT install lilo (or grub?).
During the expert installation, yes. Either or neither.