9.4.1. Creating the /boot/ Partition

9.4.1. Creating the /boot/ Partition

In a typical situation, the disk drives are new, or formatted clean. The following figure, Figure 9.4, “Two Blank Drives, Ready For Configuration”, shows both drives as raw devices with no partitioning configured.

Two Blank Drives, Ready For Configuration

Two Blank Drives, Ready For Configuration

Figure 9.4. Two Blank Drives, Ready For Configuration

Warning

The /boot/ partition cannot reside on an LVM volume because the GRUB boot loader cannot read it.

  1. Select New.

  2. Select /boot from the Mount Point pulldown menu.

  3. Select ext3 from the File System Type pulldown menu.

  4. Select only the sda checkbox from the Allowable Drives area.

  5. Leave 100 (the default) in the Size (MB) menu.

  6. Leave the Fixed size (the default) radio button selected in the Additional Size Options area.

  7. Select Force to be a primary partition to make the partition be a primary partition. A primary partition is one of the first four partitions on the hard drive. If unselected, the partition is created as a logical partition. If other operating systems are already on the system, unselecting this option should be considered. For more information on primary versus logical/extended partitions, refer to the appendix section of the Red Hat Enterprise Linux Installation Guide.

Refer to Figure 9.5, “Creation of the Boot Partition” to verify your inputted values:

Creation of the Boot Partition

Creation of the Boot Partition

Figure 9.5. Creation of the Boot Partition

Click OK to return to the main screen. The following figure displays the boot partition correctly set:

The /boot/ Partition Displayed

The /boot/ Partition Displayed

Figure 9.6. The /boot/ Partition Displayed


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