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Creating directories in Oracle 9i

I am a new Oracle 9i student. I am trying to install Enterprise Edition on my home computer. I am running Windows XP Professional 2002, SP2 on a Dell with a Pentium III processor, 698 MHz, 256 MB of RAM. I have attached an external hard drive to hold the files but I am clueless on how to make directories for the disks. I have downloaded the files three times from the Oracle web site and get corrupted files. FINALLY, I have all three required (I think!). I need to get this installed to practice. Can you help?

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You'll only need one download from Technet to be able to install Oracle 10g, the latest version. For Windows XP Pro, you can use the following link to ensure you have downloaded the correct version:

http://www.oracle.com/technology/software/products/database/oracle10g/index.html

After you download the software, unzip the file to a directory on your harddrive. There should be a program called runInstaller.exe (or something like that). Double-clicking on the install program will start your software installation. By default, the software will be installed in C:Program Files, but you can install Oracle in any directory. At the end of the installation process, the installer program will fire up a utility called the Database Configuration Assistant (DBCA), which will create your first database for you. The DBCA wizard walks you through, step by step on creating your first database. When you get to the screen showing the datafiles, you can change the file locations if you do not like the directories the DBCA has selected for you. You will want to pre-make the directories for the database using Windows Explorer, no different than creating a directory for any software.

I highly recommend reading the Installation Guide documentation as well. This document should be available in the download. If not, you can view all documentation on Technet. This document contains specific instructions for your platform.

This was first published in July 2005

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