Select whether or not to clear the Master Boot Record (MBR). Choose to
remove all existing partitions, remove all existing Linux partitions, or
preserve existing partitions.
To initialize the disk label to the default for the architecture of the
system (for example, msdos for x86 and
gpt for Itanium), select Initialize the
disk label if you are installing on a brand new hard drive.
To create a partition, click the Add
button. The Partition Options window shown in
appears. Choose the mount point, file system type, and partition size
for the new partition. Optionally, you can also choose from the
In the Additional Size Options section, choose to
make the partition a fixed size, up to a chosen size, or fill the
remaining space on the hard drive. If you selected swap as the
file system type, you can select to have the installation program
create the swap partition with the recommended size instead of
specifying a size.
Force the partition to be created as a primary partition.
Create the partition on a specific hard drive. For example, to
make the partition on the first IDE hard disk
hda as the drive. Do not include
/dev in the drive name.
Use an existing partition. For example, to make the partition on
the first partition on the first IDE hard disk
hda1 as the partition. Do not include
/dev in the partition name.
Format the partition as the chosen file system type.
Figure 2-5. Creating Partitions
To edit an existing partition, select the partition from the list and
click the Edit button. The same
Partition Options window appears as when you
chose to add a partition as shown in Figure 2-5, except it reflects
the values for the selected partition. Modify the partition options
and click OK.
To delete an existing partition, select the partition from the list
and click the Delete button.
To create a software RAID partition, use the following steps:
Click the RAID button.
Select Create a software RAID
Configure the partitions as previously described, except
select Software RAID as the file system
type. Also, you must specify a hard drive on which to make the
partition or specify an existing partition to use.
Figure 2-6. Creating a Software RAID Partition
Repeat these steps to create as many partitions as needed for your
RAID setup. All of your partitions do not have to be RAID
After creating all the partitions needed to form a RAID device,
follow these steps:
Click the RAID button.
Select Create a RAID device.
Select a mount point, file system type, RAID device name,
RAID level, RAID members, number of spares for the software
RAID device, and whether to format the RAID device.