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Old 11-21-2005, 06:49 AM   #1
ton_vb
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Keeping Data when Installing FC3 onto windows system


I want tot install Fedora Core 3 onto a 2000 HP-pavilion computer with MS Windows ME on it. There is still some Data (mydocs, music, several GB's) I would like to keep. I would like to do that by making an extra partition within windows to contain the data I want to keep and then, when Installing Fedora, manually select it to remove all partitions, except for the one I would like to keep. Is this possible? Will office '98 files and mp3's and wma's be recognized? How will this be incorporated into the data structure, when I have Fedora installed? Doe anyone have other tips?

Thanks in advance,

Ton van Boxtel
 
Old 11-22-2005, 12:46 AM   #2
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Yes, select “manual partitioning” during the installation and you can specify which partitions to delete and which to leave untouched.

You can start the installation process and see what the options are. Nothing is changed until you answer a very blunt question at the end of the package selection process, so you can bailout without making any changes.

FC3 can natively read a FAT32 partition, so your files should be accessible within FC3 after you mount the FAT32 partition in FC3. You will need to install a few packages from the Livna repository to play mp3, but that's trivial to do and has been addressed at length in this and other forums.
 
Old 11-22-2005, 04:07 AM   #3
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Re: Keeping Data when Installing FC3 onto windows system

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There is still some Data (mydocs, music, several GB's) I would like to keep. I would like to do that by making an extra partition within windows to contain the data I want to keep
To do that, you need to use a tool like Partition Magic (commercial), QtParted (on Knoppix & SystemRescueCd), or GParted to shrink your Windows partition to make free space for your Linux installation.
 
Old 11-22-2005, 06:41 AM   #4
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Or buy a second hard drive (and possibly a PCI IDE controller card) for FC3 and leave the windows drive untouched.

This is often the least painful option for someone just starting out. If you make a mistake with FC3, you can reinstall it without a lot of hassle and still have windows available.
 
  


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