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PostPosted: Thu Sep 20, 2012 7:12 am    Post subject: (solved)not being saved on disk? Reply with quote

i'm having this issue... i think... anyway its a bit odd that it seems my install things aren't happening on my partitions but on... my ram or something. either way heres my... problem...i think the files that i'm putting in here aren't being saved on my hard drives, because... i delete the partitions, then re-make some new ones, and all of the files are still there.. or at least stage3 and portage tarballs i downloaded... this is confusing me a whole lot, and might explain also why i didn't manage to make grub work earlier... (just gave me a "missing operating system" and no hint of an attempt to actually load grub)

what does this mean? i did something wrong? i thought the "mount /dev/sda...." command was supposed to make files save on the drive... i am really confused... my nr.1 priority right now is to get my grub working since i'm dualbooting so i can revert back to windows whenever i need to. so where did i go wrong? is there a way i can check if there are any files on the actual hard drive pertition and make sure its on the hard drive and not the livecd or something? or just see the used and free space on hard drives?

also when i chroot trying to do a fresh install it remembers all the commands i had done (up arrow) before i re-made my entire hard drives, how and why would it do that.... i don't get this.

also still has the sources i emerged... whut... how can this even be?


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 20, 2012 11:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The step that makes the new filesystems is the command that starts with "mkfs". If you're starting over, redo all the steps in the Handbook and this will not happen. The exact explanation is that deleting the partitions only affects a little area of one sector where the partition table is stored. The entire remainder of the disk remains intact and, if you recreate the partition table exactly the same, then the partitions will line up with the existing disk contents.

Again, if you feel you really must start over, the best thing for a Noob to do is not to try to take shortcuts. Repeat everything.

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 20, 2012 3:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

thats what i do, well i managed to get it running (woot) but, i was so noob i deleted the bootmgr, now i have to do it all again but learning from all my past mistakes... this shouldn't take too long.

i was righ tho, it was being stored in my RAM, after leavingmy system off for a while, then cold boooting it that data seems to have gone, which i consider a good thing, cus i hate leftovers of mistakes.

and you probably misunderstood, i didn't just delete a partition, i deleted all of them.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 20, 2012 3:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Be careful you follow the Handbook. The installation files won't be stored in RAM unless you put the in the wrong place—by not following the Handbook carefully enough. :wink:

Incidentally, you don't usually have to redo things from scratch. Instead of coming to that conclusion on your own, you might want to describe the exact symptom you're seeing and the exact step in the Handbook you're currently following. Many people here will be able to help you repair the damage and get back on track in the install with that information.

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 20, 2012 9:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Allright, thanks for the info, i already managed to install it tho, i just emptied my ram by turning the computer off for a while, then started from the beginning, this is a habit of mine, and in my experience, starting from the beginning instead of jumping in midway usually ends up giving better results and less risk of problems, so i usually do that unless i'm really sure that i'd gain nothing from it. or am skilled enough to know exactly 100% what i'm doing
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