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drivesetup-icon_64.pngDriveSetup

Deskbar :Applications
Localisation :/boot/system/apps/DriveSetup
Réglages :~/config/settings/DriveSetup


DriveSetup is a tool to create, delete and format partitions. At this time it can't resize or move existing partitions, so that you'll either need an unpartitioned volume (perhaps an external USB drive or another harddisk) or do the initial setup with a tool like the GParted LiveCD to provide the space for another partition.

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At the top is a graphical representation of all partitions inside the device chosen in the list below it. Each device, by default, can hold a maximum of 4 primary partitions. This limit can be removed by making one of those an extended partition, which in turn can hold theoretically an unlimited number of logical partitions (practical limitations depend on, for example, other OSes installed).
You may have to expand such a list with the +/- widget that appears in that case in front of that device to see the details of every logical partition.

Colors and icons provide some more information about the available volumes and partitions.
Besides the familiar icons for harddisks, CD drives and USB sticks etc., there are a few that indicate a their mount mode:

drivesetup-icon_boot.png  The /boot partition
drivesetup-icon_encrypted.png  An encrypted partition
drivesetup-icon_shared.png  A partition shared through SMB/NFS etc.
drivesetup-icon_read-only.png  A partition that was mounted read-only
drivesetup-icon_virtual.png  A mounted image file (see also the diskimage command)

When mounted, a colored bar shows the used space of a partition. The color depends on the kind of partition:

A BFS formatted partition
A non-BFS formatted partition
A read-only partition
An encrypted partition

You can select a partition and choose various commands from the context or Partition menu, like Mount/Unmount, or to Open in DiskProbe.

You can also Format or completely Delete a partition.

Dealing with creating/deleting/formatting partitions is very dangerous business. Always check twice to be sure you're working with the right one and always keep an up-to-date backup of your data in case something goes wrong!

index Initializing a disk

If you don't plan to use just one of the partitions of a larger disk, but the entire drive as one partition, e.g. a USB stick or a Compact Flash card, you'll have to initialize the disk first.

You do this by selecting the raw disk from list of devices and choose a partition map from the Disk | Initialize menu. The Intel Partition Map is the right choice for classical booting via a BIOS.

Initializing will destroy all data on the drive!

index Créer une nouvelle partition

Si vous trouvez un espace non formaté sur un lecteur, comme : <empty>, vous pouvez créer une nouvelle partition dans cet espace avec Partition | Create...(CMD C).

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Cette boîte de dialogue vous invite à ajuster la taille de la partition et son type. Choisissez Be File System si vous voulez utiliser la partition pour une installation Haiku ou si vous souhaitez utiliser sur celle-ci toutes les fonctionnalités intéressantes de Haiku, comme les attributs et les requêtes. Notez que les autres systèmes d'exploitations pourraient ne pas être en mesure d'accéder à une telle partition.

The Active partition checkbox is only available if you have created a primary partition instead of just another logical partition within an extended one. You'll have to tick that checkbox if you plan to use that partition to boot a Haiku installation.

Before you can use, or even mount the newly created partition, it has to be formatted with a filesystem.

index Formatting a partition

Only unmounted partitions can be formatted by choosing a filesystem from the sub-menu of Partition | Format. The Be File System (BFS) is mandatory for a Haiku boot partition and recommended for data partitions to be used with Haiku. Only BFS formatted partitions can be queried and fully support Haiku's file attributes.

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Ici, vous définissez le nom de la partition et sa granularité. Une taille de 2048 octets par bloc est recommandée, mais vous pouvez choisir des tailles plus grandes ou plus petites si vous avez des besoins très spécifiques.
L'initialisation détruira toutes les données sur cette partition !

Formatting will destroy all data on the partition!