Old 12-28-2006, 07:31 AM
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Default Partitioning X5 drive, to create bootable volume

I've been reading up on portable versions of Linux, designed to be used with a usb thumbdrive. I figured it might be an interesting project to partition my X5 drive, so that I have a 5-10gb volume set up as a bootable disk, and to have space to run something like this from.

Can I do this safely, without making myself an expensive paperweight? What tools would I need?
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Old 12-30-2006, 08:05 AM
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Here's some info about that, maybe it's of interest to you:

I'm fairly sure you have to use the first partition for the standard X5 firmware to work, and make second/third/etc partitions for Linux. The hardest part would be choosing the right bootloader to make it all work.

You won't brick your player easily - if everything else fails, just format the whole disc to FAT32 again - the firmware is stored in RAM/EEPROM, so it's not affected by any tinkering with the HDD.
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Old 12-30-2006, 09:48 PM
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Thanks for that. I had looked over there, but clearly not well enough - there's a lot there.

Anyway, looking at that, it does seem that it would be a lot of work for not much benefit. Good to know that I can fiddle about with the HDD without risking causing any serious damage though.
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