new guy checking in

debiani386 at debiani386 at
Fri Jul 18 05:00:14 UTC 2008

On Thu, 2008-07-17 at 11:53 -0500, Jimmy Montague wrote:
> Hi all. I'm new here. I'm new to Ubuntu and almost new to Linux. I've
> had dual-boot systems up and running several times in the past. I'm back
> again only because I've discovered that OO will import my WordPerfect
> files, and WordPerfect was the one thing that kept me glued to Mr. Bill.
> Now I can bring my past life with me, I've decided to go with Linux
> exclusively and wean myself from Mr. Bill in the process.
> I was a DOS user in the days when DOS was all there was. I used MS-DOS
> 3.1, 4.5 and 5. Then I changed to DR-DOS 6 but shortly thereafter saw
> I'd have to give it up. I installed Windows 3.1 in 1994 and have used
> every version since -- until Vista. I never installed Vista and I never
> will and I'll never pay $500 for an OS if I live to be 110 -- and I
> won't. If it hadn't been for my WordPerfect habit I would have switched
> long ago. I kept waiting, hoping Corel would see the light and give me a
> real Linux version of WP, but they never did and they never will. Now OO
> will do the chores, I'll go with OO.
> Right now I need some help with hdd administration. My system has 3
> hdds: I have two 80-gig ide Western Digitals. One is Master on the
> primary strap; the other is Master on the secondary strap. The third
> drive is an 80-gig Maxtor mounted externally via USB.
> Ubuntu formatted the WD on the primary strap. It is hda. Ubuntu did NOT
> format either of the other two drives. The master on the secondary strap
> is still formatted NTFS. So is the Maxtor. I want EVERYTHING formatted
> Linux, in whatever fashion you guys think is best.
> How can I do that?   

well i like to take easy street when it comes down to formatting drives
on linux so i choose gparted. When it loads, it will search all the
drives on your computer and display what partition they are using. You
can then change and format the partitions from there


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