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Old 12-08-2004, 10:38 PM   #1
CluelessSteve
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Question Disk partition issues


I'm very new to Linux and am trying to install Fedora Core on an older computer running Windows 98 in a dual-boot format. This computer has a 12 Gb hard disk, and I recently deleted a bunch of unused programs to free about 4 Gb for the Linux installation.

For some reason, when I use FIPS to partition the drive, it can only find about 1.5 Gb of free space. I get an error message stating that there is a difference between the logical file allocation and the physical file allocation, and that FIPS is making an adjustment so they match. The Linux install will not work (automatic install--I'm not experienced enough to attempt the manual), I am guessing because there is not enough space. In any event, I get multiple errors in virtually every step of the Linux install, and ultimately it just gets stuck and won't install on the partition made by FIPS.

When I run the non-working demo of Partition Magic, it seems to see all my free space and would allow me to make a Linux partition of almost 4 Gb.

Here is my question: it seems to me that for the same expense, I could either get Partition Magic and presumably install Linux onto my existing hard drive, or, I could get a new 40Gb hard drive and use both drives, one for Windows and one for Linux. In terms of installing Linux, which would be the better solution?
 
Old 12-08-2004, 10:42 PM   #2
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well.. 12G is very cramped for a dual boot... but on the other hand, the 40G would still need some partitioning... (linux needs at least / and swap)

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-- but the install should be able to handle that for you... overall, i suggest the HD

Last edited by secesh; 12-08-2004 at 10:44 PM.
 
Old 12-09-2004, 06:04 AM   #3
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