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Old 08-14-2006, 07:16 PM   #1
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Cannot Partition for Dual Boot, HELP


Okay here's the problem, I just downloaded FC 5 onto a DVD and have used osloader2000 to boot from the CD/DVD drive. So far I have been able to bring up the FC 5 instillation screen and have gotten up to partitioning. I am trying to make this a dual boot computer with my Windows XP pro, but I cannot seem to partition it correctly. I have been using Partition Magic 8 and have created partitions, but when the computer restarts the partition does not go through and I can neither view it during FC 5 instillation nor in Windows. Is there a proper way to partition using PM 8 or would it be easier to partition during the FC 5 instillation, and if so how? Please help, thanks
 
Old 08-14-2006, 08:32 PM   #2
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I would not recommend using PM to create your linux partitions; it's just not very good at doing linux in my experience. Instead, use PM to shrink down your windows partition and leave the space where you want to put your linux partitions unallocated. The fedora installation routine is capable of creating the linux paritions you need on the unallocated space.
If you want a more user friendly partitioning tool that is linux compatible, there is a nice PM clone that you can download for free called Gparted:

http://gparted.sourceforge.net/

Get the livecd version. It's a bootable linux livecd that is specialized to run the paritioning tool, gparted. It's also a small download, under 30MB.

Finally, while PM is not very good at creating linux partitions, I find it odd that the partitions you created are not even detected by the fedora installation routine. There may be other problems here. In particular, if you are using a drive overlay program to get around a bios hard drive size limitation, you can expect problems.
 
Old 08-14-2006, 08:43 PM   #3
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In my experience...

PM does not work worth a flying fiddle.

Okay, I used PM on a Windows Home Edition and it destroyed my Master Boot Record and had to wipe the machine and start over.

Now, if Fedora can't partition drive on its own, then use the suggested Gparted. But I do know that Suse 9.3 could partition the drive on it's own.

But PM 8.0 had a glitch in it that screwed up the MBR.


Cheers to getting Fedora though.
 
Old 08-15-2006, 01:48 AM   #4
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I'd suggest using the xp's disk manager[I hope this is what its called]. Look in the Adminstrative tools and you'll find it there. Delete the drive you have selected and emtyed for the fedora installation. Now I havent installed FC5, but if its similar to FC4 then there should be a handy tool during installation to select/create/set mount points/formate the partitions [I forgot the tool's name but I'm sure you wont miss it]. Make sure you make the partition active and use "/" as the mount point. You might want to make a swap partition as well.

I hope this helps.
 
Old 08-15-2006, 07:16 PM   #5
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thanks for your help guys, but I figured it out. I partitioned the hdd using systemrescuecd on boot, after that it was smooth sailing.
 
Old 08-18-2006, 11:29 PM   #6
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Hey, while we are on this subject....

Has anyone ever had GParted fail to report a drive's partition info? I have a drive with a Windows installation that cannot be read by GParted. It works with other drives on other machines, but not this one. Could something be corrupt in the MBR that Windows forgives?
 
Old 08-20-2006, 09:56 PM   #7
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I had that happen on a dell laptop drive. Acronis Disk Director and Mandriva's harddrake partitioning tool could see and manipulate the partitions but gparted couldn't deal with it at all. You can get harddrake on the free bootable livecd, PCLinuxOS. Gparted is, in large part, a graphical front end for the command line tool, parted. Parted can be somewhat fussy and generally errs on the side of caution if it sees something it doesn't like.
 
Old 08-20-2006, 10:38 PM   #8
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Thanks for the response. I'll try this. All of the distros I have downloaded use Parted in some fashion. Due to this, I thought parted was the only partition tool.
 
  


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