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How i can partitioning HD without Mac?

How i can partitioning HD without Mac?

Postby Sotneo » Sat May 21, 2011 12:04 pm

I have old G3 B&W, but his HD is dead. CD-ROM is dead too :). I want to put new HD, but how i can partitioning it from Linux or Windows?
I tried find mac-fdisk for x86. Hasn't found. Only for ppc.
May be possible to start mac-fdisk from open firmware,but how? :)
I tried to start installation Debian, in hd-media mode , but it swears on partition of HD and want see Apple_bootable.

P.S. Sorry for my english.
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Re: How i can partitioning HD without Mac?

Postby linuxopjemac » Sat May 21, 2011 10:25 pm

Why don't you put a new hard disk in the machine ? You can install Linux then from USB. See installation instructions for MintPPC, it will tell you how to boot from USB.
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Re: How i can partitioning HD without Mac?

Postby Sotneo » Sun May 22, 2011 7:21 am

I read it. But how create a special bootstrap partition "Apple_Bootstrap" without PPC on flash stick or hard drive?
OpenFirmware see my usb stick how "device@x". Also it does not want boot from a flash stick. I tried another usb stick too.
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Re: How i can partitioning HD without Mac?

Postby linuxopjemac » Tue May 24, 2011 8:27 am

You have to dd the whole content od an iso onto a USB. You can then boot from it. Once you are booted from it, ou can install Linux on the HD just like a CD. You don't need to worry about the bootstrap partition. To dd the iso onto a USB:
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sudo dd if=/path/to/mini.iso of=/dev/sda

To do this you need a Linux machine...ask your friends if you don't have a Linux machine to do this. I can do it for you if you pay me the post stamps...
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Re: How i can partitioning HD without Mac?

Postby tryxiegirl » Tue Jun 21, 2011 6:10 am

i have the same issue too. i cant seem to figure things out with this thing without another system :(
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