Re: new install of amd64, 9-4 from iso #1
On 06/10/18 13:44, Gene Heskett wrote:
I have the dvd written, and a new 2T drive currently occupying the
What I want, since the drive has been partitioned to /boot, /home,
/, and swap, is 1; for this install to not touch any other drive
currently mounted, and 2; use the partitions I've already setup on
this new drive without arguing with me.
and 3: to treat the grub install as if there are no other drives
hooked up. I don't need grub to fill half the boot screen with data
from the other drives.
How do I best achieve that?
On 06/10/18 20:41, Rick Thomas wrote:
As others have pointed out, 1 and 2 are just a matter of using the
tools the installer provides. To accomplish 2, you should probably
choose “manual” partitioning. You may need to choose “expert” mode
at boot time for the installer.
As for 3, my approach would be to open up the box and temporarily
disconnect the power from the other two disks while installing to
the third disk.
If you want to disconnect a drive: disconnect both the power and the
data cables, so that the data cable cannot back feed the drive electronics.
Disconnect all drives except the new 2 TB drive and your optical drive,
then boot the installer. That should solve all three of your
requirements. Once you've booted into your fresh OS, edit /etc/crypttab
and/or /etc/fstab to use UUID's or /dev/disk/* paths to uniquely
identify the partitions. (I use MBR partitioning for my system drives,
and swap partitions appear to lack a UUID. /dev/disk/* paths seem to
work for swap partitions on recent Debian distributions.)
You will want to choose "manual" partitioning in the installer to select
the partitions/ swap spaces/ file systems you have already created.
I don't think "expert" mode is required -- it just seems to make the
installer steps explicit (?).
I put mobile racks in all my desktop and server cases, and use small
(16~80 GB) HDD's/SSD's for boot, swap, and root. When I want a
different OS, I power down, swap system drives, and boot.
After the install you can reconnect the power and
you will wind up with two bootable drives. You will then have to
choose between them at the BIOS level.
(I keep the local contents of my home directory minimal, put the
majority of my data into a personal share on my file server, and mount
that into my home directory.)