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Old 04-24-2006, 02:53 AM   #1
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Question Basic questions about partitioning and multiple OSs


I am about to install both Windows XP (which I need for a specific program I need for my work) and a Linux distribution - I am still unsure which, but as a novice I tend to choose wither Mandriva or Mepis, which have both impreesed me in different ways.

Both these distributions include means to parition the HD, and from some reading I did, I understand I have to first install Windows, and then use these means to shrink the single ntfs partition and make room for the Linux paritions.

I also read that if I want to share files between windows and Linux I should create an additional Fat32 parition, which would be readble from both OSs and save these files there.

Finally, I read that it would be a good idea to put my linux home directory on a parition separate from the rest of the OS, so that I can easily wipe out the linux OS and install a new one if I wish without putting my data at risk.

My question is this: can the automated tools provided by Mandriva and Mepis be used to create this HD configuration (a windows ntfs partition; a shared fat32 partition; a linux os paritions; a linux home parition), or will I have to use something else, and parition my HD in advance?

I would appreciate any help and any reference to relevant guides for the complete novice.

Thanks in advance for your help and patience.
 
Old 04-24-2006, 03:57 AM   #2
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Okok,

Mandriva provides diskdrake and mepis provides qtparted.
Both are front-ends for managing partitions (including resizing, creation and deletion). Both are based on the same core programs, but look different. diskdrake is more newbie-friendly, in my opinion.

However, resizing a ntfs partitions can take ages (up to several hours for big and full partitions). I advise that you create the partitions BEFORE you install windows so you don't need to resize it afterwards.

1/ partitions the pard drive (diskdrake or qtparted)
2/ install windows
3/ install linux

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Old 04-24-2006, 07:45 AM   #3
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Thanks for the advice. Will a tool like diskdrake, which I understand is part of Mandriva, or qtparted, be able to create all these partition types, or will I need to use them to create only ones for Linux and leave empty the part where windows is supposed to be installed? Or is windows intallable only into partitions with a recongnized (ntfs or fat) file system?
 
Old 04-24-2006, 07:49 AM   #4
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One more question - am I supposed to create the different partitions for linux (swap, home, and the rest) if I pre-partition the HD, or do I just need to create a free partition which will then be further parititioned by the installer if I use one that is supposed to take care of disk partitioning automatically?
 
Old 04-24-2006, 08:20 AM   #5
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Will a tool like diskdrake, which I understand is part of Mandriva, or qtparted, be able to create all these partition types, or will I need to use them to create only ones for Linux and leave empty the part where windows is supposed to be installed? Or is windows intallable only into partitions with a recongnized (ntfs or fat) file system?
Yes. The partitioning tool really only chops up the hard drive. Another tool (e.g., 'format' in DOS/Win or 'mke2fs' in Linux) actually creates the file system.

Windows should detect that partition you choose is either raw or the wrong file system. Windows will format that partition as ntfs or fat as part of the installation process.

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One more question - am I supposed to create the different partitions for linux (swap, home, and the rest) if I pre-partition the HD, or do I just need to create a free partition which will then be further parititioned by the installer if I use one that is supposed to take care of disk partitioning automatically?
Either way should work. But I'd just split the hard drive into two partitions, install Windows, and then come back and further partition the Linux part.
 
Old 04-24-2006, 08:31 AM   #6
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