problem at fresh instalation

Jorge Pérez kokiperex at
Mon May 5 15:10:39 BST 2008

> >> Hello,
> >>
> >> Actually I have Kubuntu 7.10 running for some time (I just did an upgrade
> >> from previus versions) and all works fine. I have 2 IDE hard disks:
> >>
> >> /dev/sda partitions -> documents
> >> /dev/sdb partitions -> / , /home, Win XP, Swap
> >>
> >> Some time ago, my motherboard broke :( well, I just replace the
> motherboard
> >> and didn't have to install Kubuntu (so great).
> >>
> >> But now, I want to perform a fresh Kubuntu 8.04 install, but when I am in
> >> the manual partition step, I only have the posibility of change the SDA
> disk
> >> partitions and can only create a new partition table on the SDB (the
> >> installer can't see the partitions in SDB), but I don't want to delete my
> >> /home or my XP partiton.
> >>
> >> any idea? how can I fix the partition in order to be recognized by the
> >> Kubuntu partition manager?
> >>
> >> thank you.
> >>
> >
> > I recommend to swap your drives, so that your boot drive is sda
> > and your documents are on sdb
> >
> > this way is more 'natural' and normally expected by most systems.
> >
> > (just change the jumpers on both drives, and maybe swap cables)
> That sounds like sensible advice to me.
> Assuming I am correct to think you want to replace the 7.10 with 8.04,
> keeping the data  in home and keeping XP:
> If you manually set the existing /home into a new install, then I
> think you will be keeping some parts of 7.10 configuration, which are
> in hidden files in /home/user. This might not be quite what you want,
> or you could have upgraded from 7.10 to 8.04, but that would not be a
> fresh install. You can use the old home as a data partition, with a
> new /home in 8.04 perhaps.
> Also, consider use of a separate small live CD such as Partition Magic
> or Parted live Cd, to manage or change partitions before you  install
> 8.04. I find it is sometimes faster and less confusing, and then use a
> manual install.
> I often have more than one version (7.04, 7.10 say) installed, each
> with its own home.  I also keep a Data partition which can be used by
> any of the installs.
> --
> alan cocks
> Kubuntu user#10391

Thank you for your advice.

Well, I did an upgrade, and I am surprised, it was really good (some
time ago I perform an upgrade and was painful - I think was on Kubuntu
 - )

I supose that I have to check mi hard drives later. I didn't mention,
but months ago, the circuit of one HD broke, so I had to replace the
circuit and maybe that is the problem.

@Alan: Yes, I want to keep my /home partition. Before I've installed
Kubuntu keeping all my data (just formating  / ) but the problem is
that the "partittion manager" in Kubuntu installer can't recognize the
partition table of the hard disk, so I can only create a new partition
table on that step.

but, as I mention, the upgrade was really really good. For info, I had
an old system: motherboard Intel, processor Intel PIV, 512MB RAM, and
nVidia GeForce Ti200.

PS: Sorry my poor English

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