FAQ Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read
» Video Reviews

» Linux Archive

Linux-archive is a website aiming to archive linux email lists and to make them easily accessible for linux users/developers.


» Sponsor

» Partners

» Sponsor

Go Back   Linux Archive > Debian > Debian User

 
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
 
Old 01-11-2010, 10:30 PM
Mark
 
Default Lenny installation from hdd partition

I have a couple old machines (i386) that I would like to be able to install Debian on from an hdd partition on the same physical hdd that the Lenny installation will reside on (on a different partition), so I can avoid purchasing new CD or DVD drives (the ones in the machines don't work anymore, and USB booting is not an option).* Reading the instructions here http://www.debian.org/releases/stable/i386/ch05s01.html.en#boot-initrd I'm wondering if it's possible to get the boot process going without an existing operating system; here's my idea so far:



- Shred hdd to erase all partitions
- Create 5GB ext3 partition at end of hdd via GParted
- Copy hd-media/initrd.gz into new ext3 partition
- Copy dvd installation .iso to new ext3 partition

Based on this process, with the hdd set as the first boot device in the BIOS, will the installer boot okay to begin installation or is another file(s) needed?* Since there is no LILO or GRUB on a blank hdd I'm curious if this is even possible.


Apologies if this is a dumb question...


Thanks!
Mark
 

Thread Tools




All times are GMT. The time now is 04:34 PM.

VBulletin, Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Content Relevant URLs by vBSEO ©2007, Crawlability, Inc.
Copyright 2007 - 2008, www.linux-archive.org