The partitioning tool used by the installation program is
. With the exception of certain esotericsituations,
can handle the partitioning requirements for a typical installation.Disk Druid
These buttons control
actions. They are used to change the attributes of a partition(for example the file system type and mount point) and also to create RAID devices. Buttons on this screenare also used to accept the changes you have made, or to exit
. For further explanation, take alook at each button in order:
: Used to modify attributes of the partition currently selected in the
opens a dialog box. Some or all of the fields can be edited, depending on whether the partition informationhas already been written to disk.To make a RAID device, you must first create (or reuse existing) software RAID partitions. Once you havecreated two or more software RAID partitions, select
to join the software RAID partitions into aRAID device.
Above the partition hierarchy are labels which present information about the partitions you are creating. Thelabels are defined as follows:
: This field displays the partition's device name.
: A mount point is the location within the directory hierarchy at which avolume exists; the volume is "mounted" at this location. This field indicates where the partition ismounted. If a partition exists, but is not set, then you need to define its mount point. Double-click onthe partition or click the
: This field shows the partition's file system type (for example, ext2 or ext3).
: This field shows if the partition being created will be formatted.
This field shows the partition's size (in MB).
: This field shows the cylinder on your hard drive where the partition begins.
: This field shows the cylinder on your hard drive where the partition ends.
Recommended Partitioning Scheme
The following is a list of recommendations for partitioning your system:
A swap partition (at least 256 MB) — swap partitions are used to support virtual memory. In other words, data is written to a swap partition when there is not enough RAM to store the data your system is processing.
If you are unsure about what size swap partition to create, make it twice the amount of RAM on your machine. It must be of type swap.
Creation of the proper amount of swap space varies depending on a number of factors including thefollowing (in descending order of importance):
The applications running on the machine.
The amount of physical RAM installed on the machine.
The version of the OS.