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How to Format a Virtual Hard Drive

Before we can use the virtual hard drive you created when you set up your virtual machine, we need to format it (just as we would have to do with a real hard drive).

  1. Start up your virtual machine as usual.
  2. Open the partition editor (Menu in the bottom left corner of the window > System Tools > GParted Partition Editor).
  3. Enter the password ("root") and click OK.
  4. Select the only available partition ("unallocated") then click on the New button in the top left of the window.
  5. Don't worry about the resulting warning window, just click the Apply button.
  6. Once again, select the only available partition ("unallocated") then click on the New button in the top left of the window.
  7. Change the File System (on the right side of the window) to "ext3", change the label to whatever you want (e.g. "GEP drive"), and click the Add button.
  8. Click on the Apply button, again don't worry about the resulting warning window, just click the Apply button.
  9. Hopefully the resulting window will say "All operations successfully completed" and you can click the Close button.
  10. Quit the GParted application — thankfully, we only have to do this once!
  11. To use this virtual hard drive as your home directory when using your virtual machine (which I recommend), type slitaz home=sda1 [note the space between "slitaz" and "home=sda1"] when the "boot:" prompt comes up (on that initial olive-drab screen with the GEP banner across the top). Anything you save here will persist across startups (that is, your newly-saved files won't disappear when you shut off your virtual machine or quit VirtualBox), but I STRONGLY recommend backing up your files to a USB (at a minimum) after every session. These are computers; crashes (and the ensuing loss of everything on the machine) happen.