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Old 06-04-2007, 12:39 PM   #1
anax93
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Dell custom partition useful for dual boot set-up?


I am planning to buy a Dell Latitude laptop, which will have Windows XP preinstalled. Dell offers the option of custom-partitioning the disk: "20GB Primary/Rest Logical", according to their website. They clearly mean this will all be for XP. Since they offer no operating system CD, could I take advantage of this to install linux on that "Rest Logical" partition? Can I have dual boot this way, and will Linux be able to see the Windows partition (Dell installs NTFS!)
I haven't done this lots of times, but last time I had Fedora Core 3 and XP on a system, I had used the Windows CD to partition the disk, install Windows and then Linux, and that was relatively straightforward. Now this option is not available. I am just wondering if I can avoid those quirky partition compression gimmicks...
 
Old 06-04-2007, 02:51 PM   #2
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Let them setup the primary partition as 20GB for your windows system. When you get the computer, delete the logical/extended partition. When you are installing linux, use the free space and allow the install to partition a linux partition and install a bootloader for you. You can follow your nose with this--it's not too difficult.
 
Old 06-05-2007, 10:52 AM   #3
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Thanks for the advice, I was suspecting something along these lines.

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Let them setup the primary partition as 20GB for your windows system. When you get the computer, delete the logical/extended partition. When you are installing linux, use the free space and allow the install to partition a linux partition and install a bootloader for you. You can follow your nose with this--it's not too difficult.
 
  


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