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12.19.5. Adding Partitions


You must dedicate at least one partition for this installation, and optionally more. For more information, refer to Chapter 25, An Introduction to Disk Partitions .
Creating a New Partition
Creating a new partition.
Figure 12.17. Creating a New Partition

  • Mount Point : Enter the partition's mount point. For example, if this partition should be the root partition, enter / ; enter /boot for the /boot partition, and so on. You can also use the pull-down menu to choose the correct mount point for your partition. For a swap partition the mount point should not be set - setting the filesystem type to swap is sufficient.
  • File System Type : Using the pull-down menu, select the appropriate file system type for this partition. For more information on file system types, refer to Section, “File System Types”.
  • Allowable Drives : This field contains a list of the hard disks installed on your system. If a hard disk's box is highlighted, then a desired partition can be created on that hard disk. If the box is not checked, then the partition will never be created on that hard disk. By using different checkbox settings, you can have Disk Druid place partitions where you need them, or let Disk Druid decide where partitions should go.
  • Size (MB) : Enter the size (in megabytes) of the partition. Note, this field starts with 100 MB; unless changed, only a 100 MB partition will be created.
  • Additional Size Options : Choose whether to keep this partition at a fixed size, to allow it to "grow" (fill up the available hard drive space) to a certain point, or to allow it to grow to fill any remaining hard drive space available.
    If you choose Fill all space up to (MB) , you must give size constraints in the field to the right of this option. This allows you to keep a certain amount of space free on your hard drive for future use.
  • Force to be a primary partition : Select whether the partition you are creating should be one of the first four partitions on the hard drive. If unselected, the partition is created as a logical partition. Refer to Section 25.1.3, “Partitions within Partitions — An Overview of Extended Partitions”, for more information.
  • OK : Select OK once you are satisfied with the settings and wish to create the partition.
  • Cancel : Select Cancel if you do not want to create the partition. File System Types

Red Hat Enterprise Linux allows you to create different partition types, based on the file system they will use. The following is a brief description of the different file systems available, and how they can be utilized.

[6] The fsck application is used to check the file system for metadata consistency and optionally repair one or more Linux file systems.

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