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[Update] Parted Magic v.4.1
  • Mark Blain wrote in news:Xns9C07B359FED55mblainalbany@

    > par4thecourse wrote in
    > news:[email protected]:
    >> Assuming you have several drive devided into multiple partitions in
    >> Windows, is there a simple translation or lookup tool that tells you
    >> what the Linux abbreviation will be?  For example, if you have two
    >> internal drives and 16 partitions already created in Windows, what
    >> will the Linux term be for the Drive 2, J partition?  How can you tell
    >> an internal drive from an external drive when using the bootup CD of
    >> Parted Magic?
    > Lifted shamelessly from
    > http://www.maximumpc.com/article/How-To--Install-Linux-the-Easy-Way
    > "Every partition on every hard drive in a Linux machine is given a unique
    > name. The formula for names works like this: Parallel ATA hard drive
    > names start with "hd", SCSI, SATA, USB, and FireWire drive names start
    > with "sd". The next character in each drive? name is a letter, which
    > tells you which physical drive a partition is on. For example, the first
    > SATA drive in a system will be "sda", the second will be "sdb". After the
    > letter will be a number. This number indicates the partition on a
    > particular drive, so "sdb1" is the first partition on the second SATA
    > drive in the system..."
    > For examples, see http://tldp.org/HOWTO/html_single/Partition/
    > To use a partition Linux must "mount" it, which gives it an easier-to-
    > remember name.  You get to pick the name.  Modern Linux distros offer GUI
    > tools to help, which detect your existing drives and pick some reasonable
    > partition names to get you started.
    > If you have more questions, try the comp.os.linux.* newsgroups:
    > > 3Dcomp.os.linux%2C&>

    Thanks for the detailed reply which I've just archived.  For the time
    being, it may be easier to just use my old copy of Partition Magic, a very
    cheap Acronis program I purchased after rebate  or one of the many free
    versions of the Paragon utilities I've downloaded.

    I'll get to Gparted and Clonezilla after I finally reinstall Windows with a
    dual boot of one of the Linux distributions (haven't determined which one
    yet.  I thought it would be Ubuntu, but so many of you have not written
    glowing reports about it.