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Old 03-20-2005, 06:42 PM   #1
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fresh install dual boot


Hi,

I thought I'd ask here before I try something that might damage my computer:

My computer has a single windows ntfs partition, when I got to the custom partitioning screen for FC3, I tried to edit the windows partition size, but it won't let me.

If I go back to the start, and let FC3 automatically partition my computer, will it destroy windows? Will I lose all my data?
 
Old 03-20-2005, 08:22 PM   #2
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Unfortunately there is no HOWTO at fedora.redhat.com for this type of thing, nor is there a dual-boot HOWTO at www.fedorafaq.org as of yet, but as I recall there is a warning after you click that option that says that all partitions will be deleted and all data lost.

I did find a HOWTO.. sortof... http://www.overclockersclub.com/guid..._fedora_xp.php

that HOWTO points to a Red Hat 9 dual-boot manual at http://www.redhat.com/docs/manuals/l...ot-parted.html

The latter link says to use a windows partitioning tool/util and to consult their documentation. The best to date is Partition Magic for M$ Windows, or there is partimage too.

What I'd do is back up all my data anyway because that's just a given in case the hard disk ever dies, or you get a virus or get hacked, etc. Then go for the partition magic deal, resize and follow the dual-boot howto.

EDIT:
Also.... there's a thread I posted here that has a link to a complete Fedora Core installation complete with screenshots even though the first link has 'screenshots' too you might want to check out the other one anyway and bookmark it, etc.

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Re: fresh install dual boot

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Originally posted by mifan
I thought I'd ask here before I try something that might damage my computer:

My computer has a single windows ntfs partition, when I got to the custom partitioning screen for FC3, I tried to edit the windows partition size, but it won't let me.

If I go back to the start, and let FC3 automatically partition my computer, will it destroy windows? Will I lose all my data?
The GUI installers I've seen aren't very accomodating. Re-partitioning means just that, *NOT* resizing.
You will lose everything.
Haven't tried FC3, so I may be inappropriately maligning it.

Before you start, get some backups - in fact, get several backups.
ntfsresize is apparently a worthwhile tool - never used it, and won't.
If I want to play like this, I use a separate disk, and avoid the potential grief.
 
  


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