Using Install CD To Prepare Hard Disk

Chuck Swiger cswiger at
Thu Mar 13 22:44:22 UTC 2008

On Mar 13, 2008, at 3:28 PM, Tim Daneliuk wrote:
> I would like to use the CD install menus to only prepare the hard
> disk (Partition, Label, Format) without actually installing anything  
> on
> the drive.  Can this be done?

There should be a "(W)rite" option on the various pages which let you  
at least partition the drive without installing the software.

> There seems to be no "None" option for
> Distributions, and I cannot find the right magic to make the installer
> go ahead and prepare the drive w/o resorting to at least a minimal  
> install.

On the other hand, it would be perfectly reasonable to attach a new  
drive to a working system and run the fdisk and newfs commands by hand  
from the CLI or sysinstall, if you prefer doing it that way...


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