3.5. Phân vùng sẵn cho hệ thống đa khởi động

Tiến trình phân vùng đĩa đơn giản là việc chia đĩa ra nhiều phần riêng, không phụ thuộc vào nhau. Nó giống như việc xây dựng tường ở trong nhà: khi bạn thêm đồ đạc vào phòng này, không có tác động trong phòng khác.

If you already have an operating system on your system (Windows 9x, Windows NT/2000/XP/2003/Vista/7, OS/2, MacOS, Solaris, FreeBSD, …) which uses the whole disk and you want to stick Debian on the same disk, you will need to repartition it. Debian requires its own hard disk partitions. It cannot be installed on Windows or Mac OS X partitions. It may be able to share some partitions with other Unix systems, but that's not covered here. At the very least you will need a dedicated partition for the Debian root filesystem.

You can find information about your current partition setup by using a partitioning tool for your current operating system, such as the integrated Disk Manager in Windows or fdisk in DOS. Partitioning tools always provide a way to show existing partitions without making changes.

Thông thường, việc thay đổi phân vùng chứa hệ thống tập tin sẽ hủy mọi thông tin trên nó. Vì vậy bạn phải sao lưu hết trước khi phân vùng lại. Giống như trong nhà, rất có thể là bạn muốn di chuyển các đồ đạc ra trước khi chuyển tường, nếu không thì rủi ro hủy nó.

Several modern operating systems offer the ability to move and resize certain existing partitions without destroying their contents. This allows making space for additional partitions without losing existing data. Even though this works quite well in most cases, making changes to the partitioning of a disk is an inherently dangerous action and should only be done after having made a full backup of all data. For FAT/FAT32 and NTFS partitions as used by DOS and Windows systems, the ability to move and resize them losslessly is provided both by debian-installer as well as by the integrated Disk Manager of Windows 7.

Creating and deleting partitions can be done from within debian-installer as well as from an existing operating system. As a rule of thumb, partitions should be created by the system for which they are to be used, i.e. partitions to be used by Debian GNU/kFreeBSD should be created from within debian-installer and partitions to be used from another operating system should be created from there. debian-installer is capable of creating non-kFreeBSD partitions, and partitions created this way usually work without problems when used in other operating systems, but there are a few rare corner cases in which this could cause problems, so if you want to be sure, use the native partitioning tools to create partitions for use by other operating systems.

If you are going to install more than one operating system on the same machine, you should install all other system(s) before proceeding with the Debian installation. Windows and other OS installations may destroy your ability to start Debian, or encourage you to reformat non-native partitions.

Cũng có thể tránh những hành động này hoặc phục hồi máy tính về sau, nhưng mà theo thứ tự cài đặt này (cài đặt hệ thống sở hữu về trước) khỏi phiền đến bạn.