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Re: Install Debian 8.8.0/XFCE on32 bit system

On 06/01/2017 07:55 PM, David Wright wrote:
On Thu 01 Jun 2017 at 12:32:01 (-0400), Greg Wooledge wrote:
On Thu, Jun 01, 2017 at 12:23:56PM -0400, Stephen P. Molnar wrote:
On 06/01/2017 10:24 AM, David Wright wrote:

  ? [!!] Partition disks ?

   ???              SCSI1 (0,0,0) (sda) - 60.0 GB ATA IC25N060ATMR04-0

   ???              SCSI3 (0,0,0) (sdb) - 1.0 GB Generic Flash Disk

The above ...[!!] Partition disks... is exactly what I'm seeing.  The
question comes down to which option do I take?  I only want to partition
sda, so that I don't wipe the other drives in the system.

The important part is that "sda" and "sdb" are not meaningful labels in
the general case.  You need to look at the rest of the information --
the size, the description, the model number, the existing partitions.
Use those to decide which disk to write to.

That's right. The strings you see above in the example are the
/dev/disk/by-id files (or part thereof) and those filenames
(or parts thereof) can frequently be found written on the outside
of the disk's casing (and sometimes on the box) as Model/Serial/Part
Number or whatever.

When I managed to persuade the Computing Service to issue me with
several disks at the same time (very infrequently), I would make
sure I created partitions with slightly different (usually by one
cylinder, a historical concept!) absolute and relative sizes so that
I could distinguish them in circumstances where size was the only
parameter visible.


My thanks to all who responded to my plea for help. The problem has been solved. As it turned out the command line installer had the option for partitioning the hda and I managed to install Debian Stretch rc4.

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