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    Question trouble installing DSL to hard drive


    I'm very new to linux and I am having trouble installing DSL to the hard drive on my computer as the only OS.

    I booted from the live CD first, and attempted to make the partition table as outlined in the instructions but it just freezes up when I try to write the table.

    I then tried to use GParted LiveCD to create the table when I realized what I think the problem is. My drive is being detected as "/dev/sda1". I don't know what the difference between sda1 and hda1 is so I proceeded with creating the table using GParted. I then booted from the DSL disk again and continued but when I run the command "mkswap /dev/sda1" it says it cannot locate the drive. If I run the command "mkswap /dev/hda1" it just freezes.

    I apologize if this is a stupid question. I am very new to linux and have been working on this since last Saturday and I haven't made any progress (Except for formatting Windows ME off of the hard drive)

    PS. I am graciously accepting any suggestions for linux distrobutions that will fit on a 3GB hard drive and leave some room to install XAMPP. My goal is to build a small web server with MySQL.

    Thanks in advance

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    Sda stands for a sata type hardrive.

    Hda stands for a ide type hardrive.

    Do you know what type of hardrive is in your computer?
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    WOW! Come to think of it I've only had this computer for about a week and a half. I never got around to opening it, and looking inside before I started. If it is sata are there special procedures I should take to install DSL to it?

    I'll check what type it is as soon as I get home tonight.

    Thanks

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    Are you following this procedure to install?

    Notes on doing a Damn Small Linux install
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    If you have a wide ribbon connection with a 40 pin plug going to your hardrive its IDE;

    If its a small wire harness with a small black plug its probably sata.
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    I am using the instructions from Arsgeek. The drive is an IDE drive. Why would linux detect it as an SATA drive? Should I use the first instructions you noted. I haven't tried those...

    Thank you for all your help

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    I would use this one as it is from DSL.org which I think is the Authors site.

    Notes on doing a Damn Small Linux install


    When you format the drive use the hda designation instead of the sda designation you used when using the Arsgeek tutorial. I think thats why the original install froze up because you told DSL you had a Sata instead of IDE when you formated it. That's probably why DSL detected it as sda, because you told it so by assigning your new partition a sda drive letter. I hope you now have a basic idea where you went wrong and you are very welcome and Attachment 1250 to the forum.
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    I'm not sure how I would have done that. When I format the drive using gparted it automatically determines it as sda1. How would I format it as hda1. I can give it that label "hda1' but the partition name is still /dev/sda1

    I'm starting to feel pretty silly, I'm implementing an exchange server and migrating users from Oracle collaboration suite to it at work, but I can't get a 50 mb operating system installed on an empty hard drive at home... Go figure

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    Quote Originally Posted by mihamil View Post

    I'm starting to feel pretty silly, I'm implementing an exchange server and migrating users from Oracle collaboration suite to it at work, but I can't get a 50 mb operating system installed on an empty hard drive at home... Go figure

    I repair and build custom motorcycles and only learned how to use Linux in my limited way in the past year.
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