Partitioning allows you to divide your hard drive into isolated
sections, where each section behaves as its own hard drive. Partitioning is
particularly useful if you run multiple operating
systems. If you are not sure
how you want your system to be partitioned, read Appendix D An Introduction to Disk Partitions for more information.
On this screen, you can choose to perform automatic partitioning, or
manual partitioning using Disk Druid.
Automatic partitioning allows you to perform an installation without
having to partition your drive(s) yourself. If you do not feel comfortable
with partitioning your system, it is recommended that you do
not choose to partition manually and instead let the installation
program partition for you.
To partition manually, choose the Disk Druid
The Red Hat Update Agent downloads
updated packages to /var/spool/up2date/ by default. If
you partition the system manually, and create a separate
/var/ partition, be sure to create the partition large
enough (3.0 GB or more) to download package updates.
Figure 4-9. Disk Partitioning Setup
If you chose to manually partition using Disk
Druid, refer to Section 4.16 Partitioning Your System.
If you receive an error after the
Disk Partitioning Setup phase of the installation
saying something similar to
The partition table on
device hda was unreadable. To create new partitions it must be initialized,
causing the loss of ALL DATA on this drive.
you may not have a partition table on that drive or the partition
table on the drive may not be recognizable by the partitioning software
used in the installation program.
Users who have used programs such as
EZ-BIOS have experienced similar problems,
causing data to be lost (assuming the data was not backed up before the
No matter what type of installation you are performing, backups of the
existing data on your systems should always be made.