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Create lupusave.2fs in a dedicated partition (Solved)
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Marcelo


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PostPosted: Fri 10 Jun 2011, 08:53    Post subject:  Create lupusave.2fs in a dedicated partition (Solved)
Subject description: To avoid messing up your other OS when booting from CD and saving to file
 

Hi Forum!

Newcomer to Puppy (using Lucid 525), I run into different problems:

1. Booting from DVD and saving to same DVD: the system froze several times when I was running a program with heavy files (flac) and opened a browser or some other program. I assume a swap partition could have been of help. Finally the DVD became unusable as at booting, after loading the previous saves, I received this message: "...Kennel panic - not syncing: Attempt to kill init!"

2. Booting from CD and saving to HD: This was a big one. I ended up receiving a message which I did not copy, but said something about a Superblock being corrupted and ended as the previous message. Worst than that, my Windows XP (which I need for work) became corrupted. This though I run an HD error correction and defragmentation in Windows before attempting to save from the Puppy CD.

Fortunately I was able to rescue all my files using Puppy and a USB flash drive, and after several failed attempts to restore Windows I decided to reinstall it. When running the Windows XP installation I created a small partition (3.3 GB) at the end of the HD that I want to dedicate to Puppy.

I thought I would try a dual boot install as described in http://www.murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?t=43203, but then decided I don't want to mess with Windows booting or the MBR or take any risk of corrupting Windows XP again, so I will be booting Puppy from a CD and saving in the partition at the end of the HD I created for Puppy.

Two questions about this partition:

1. I thought I would make it ext2 (using Gparted) - is that a good decision?

2. I thought I would create a 512 MB swap partition, assuming Puppy will be able to use it. Is this a good decision?

My machine: AMD Athlon XP 2400+ / 515 MB RAM / HD 38.3 GB

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Béèm


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PostPosted: Fri 10 Jun 2011, 10:07    Post subject:  

Let me rephrase if I understand.
You plan (or have now) a Windows partition of 35GB
You want a ext2 partition of 3.3 GB
You are speaking of a swap partition of 512MB. But you don't have any space left. I work with a swap file.
But you have quite some RAM (515MB)
Could be enough unless you will run heavy applications.

You plan to boot from CD/DVD.
Do you plan to put the save file on the ext2 partition?

Now I didn't want to mess with my Windows either.
So I applied the Lin'N'Win method.
And all my puppy's are on a partition, so I have no need to boot from CD/DVD

Now the title do suggest that you want to save to a complete partition (the ext2 I suppose) Now I have tried this and I didn't succeed, altho I remember that people have don that.

So please correct if I made statements you didn't plan.

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PostPosted: Fri 10 Jun 2011, 12:18    Post subject:  

Hi Beem, thanks for answering!

I have at present in my HD a 35 GB Windows partition + a non-formatted space of 3.3 GB, in which I plan to place a swap partition of 512 MB and format the rest of it (approximately 2.8 GB) as ext2 for the lupusave file, and may be some other small files.

I'll check the Lin'N'Win Project or other possibilities of dual boot later on, when I'll feel more comfortable with Puppy.

I think there shouldn't be any problem saving to the new 2.8 GB partition, I expect it to appear in Puppy as sda2, once formatted. I did not format it yet so I don't really know.

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PostPosted: Fri 10 Jun 2011, 12:56    Post subject:  

OK that is clear now. You will work with a save file.
Your title is misleading. 'In what way boot from CD and create a save file to a dedicated partition'
This is really your question.

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PostPosted: Fri 10 Jun 2011, 14:22    Post subject:  

Thanks for your correction Beem. I changed the title, hope now it is clear.

I did as I planned.

In the non-formatted 3.3 GB section of my HD I created a linux-swap of 515 MB (to equal my RAM) and formatted the rest of it (2.84 GB) as an ext2 partition, using Gparted. Immediately after that sda2 appeared on my desktop.

When shutting down I chose "Save to file" and in the next screen I was offered two choices as to where to save the lupusave.2fs file: sda1 or sda2. I chose sda2. The rest went on as usual.

I booted again and right now everything seems to be working perfectly well, and as far as I understand with no risks at all, as lupusave.2fs and Windows are in two different partitions. Also now there is a swap so Puppy has more space to run Smile.
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PostPosted: Fri 10 Jun 2011, 15:41    Post subject:  

Glad you got it sorted

Now if you feel more sure later, you can try the Lin'N'Win method.
Puppy might even be snappier

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