Automatic partitioning allows you to have some control concerning what
data is removed (if any) from your system. Your options are:
Remove all Linux partitions on this system
— select this option to remove only Linux partitions (partitions
created from a previous Linux installation). This does not remove other
partitions you may have on your hard drive(s) (such as VFAT or
Remove all partitions on this system —
select this option to remove all partitions on your hard drive(s) (this
includes partitions created by other operating systems such as
Windows VFAT or NTFS partitions).
If you select this option, all data on the
selected hard drive(s) is removed by the installation
program. Do not select this option if you have information that you
want to keep on the hard drive(s) where you are installing Red Hat Enterprise Linux.
Keep all partitions and use existing free space
— select this option to retain your current data and partitions,
assuming you have enough free space available on your hard drive(s).
Figure 4-10. Automatic Partitioning
Using your mouse, choose the hard drive(s) on which you want Red Hat Enterprise Linux to
be installed. If you have two or more hard drives, you can choose which hard
drive(s) should contain this installation. Unselected hard drives, and any
data on them, are not touched.
It is always a good idea to back up any data that
you have on your systems. For example, if you are upgrading or creating a
dual-boot system, you should back up any data you wish to keep on your hard
drive(s). Mistakes do happen and can result in the loss of all your
If you have a RAID card, be aware that some
do not support booting from the RAID card. In cases such as these, the
/boot/ partition must be created on a partition outside
of the RAID array, such as on a separate hard drive. An internal hard drive
is necessary to use for partition creation with problematic RAID
A /boot/ partition is also necessary for software
If you have chosen to automatically partition your system, you should
select Review and manually edit your
To review and make any necessary changes to the partitions created by
automatic partitioning, select the Review option.
After selecting Review and clicking
Next to move forward, the partitions created for you
in Disk Druid appear. You can make modifications
to these partitions if they do not meet your needs.
Click Next once you have made your selections to