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Old 01-11-2009, 03:19 AM   #1
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Disk Partitioning and Dual OS


Hello everyone....

Well, i'm new to this forum and i need ur help.....

I've installed RHEL4 successfully on a desktop computer....
And this desktop has no Windows OS installed on it and there's only one partition on the hard disk...

Now i want 2 know whether i can install Windows XP on my computer with or without uninstalling RHEL4....
If its possible i want 2 partition the hard disk and would like 2 have 2 OS on two different partitions....

If this is not possible kindly tell me the procedure 2 uninstall RHEL4....

Thanks in advance.....

Regards
Sandeep sunjyest......
 
Old 01-11-2009, 08:57 AM   #2
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Look here

These guides might be a starting point.

http://apcmag.com/howto_category.htm?cid=198

Getting both to boot seems more straightforward with Windows installed first.
 
Old 01-11-2009, 09:06 AM   #3
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Actually, i've gone through that link earlier.....
The problem is I cannot find a way in spotting something like the Partition editor(Ubuntu) on RHEL4...
What should i do now????
How can i make some room for XP???

Please help me.....
 
Old 01-11-2009, 11:12 AM   #4
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The thing that's going to make life harder for you is that RHEL uses LVM which means that you would need to shrink your logical volume before shrinking the physical volume that it's sitting on.

It does have parted, which you can use from the command line, but doesn't have gparted (which is the graphical front-end being used by Ubuntu).

If you don't have any data stored on the Linux installation, then you could install Windows XP over the entire Hard Disk, and then reinstall RHEL, using it's partition manager during the installation process to reduce the XP partition.

It still might be the easiest way forward (just backup any data that you want to keep first)
 
Old 01-12-2009, 03:33 AM   #5
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Thanks mate!!!
You've given me a ray of hope......

As u said, installing Linux on Windows machine is better rather than doing it the other way around....

I would like to know if i can remove Linux first and install Windows on to the clean hard disk.... And then freshly install RHEL4....

Can i go this way???
But i want to know the procedure of doing the above mentioned task....

Please help me....

Thanks for ur time and support....

Cheers
Sandeep Sunjyest....
 
Old 01-12-2009, 08:54 AM   #6
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Hi,

Yes, you can re-partition your hdd to allow for a M$win and GNU/Linux dual boot installation. You need to install your M$ win first. Create the partition for M$ to allow the install allow enough free space to be used for the GNU/Linux. Then create your partition(s) for GNU/Linux as you desire. You will need enough space for the GNU/Linux partition and a swap partition. You could do this with a logical partition or primary partitions. Do a search here on LQ and you will find loads of information on dual booting.

You didn't state which flavor of the M$ product OS.
 
Old 01-12-2009, 09:02 AM   #7
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Just in case

If you want to install Widows again and the installation stalls because it meets a linux partition, you can burn a Parted Magic or Gparted live-cd and delete the linux partitions first.
 
Old 01-12-2009, 03:16 PM   #8
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It's up to you whether you install Windows XP on the whole drive and then use the Linux installation to resize, or resize your disk from a Live CD prior to installing Windows and Linux.

The important thing is to allocate enough space to each OS.

What is the size of your Hard drive, and will you be sharing data between both operating systems?
 
Old 01-14-2009, 10:51 PM   #9
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@ thorkelljarl

First of all, Thanks a lot for ur time mate!!!

Yes, I want to install Windows on my computer which has only RHEL4 OS....

I made a decision to uninstall RHEL4 and then install Windows and then Reinstall RHEL4....
My hard disk capacity is 40 GB (And I dont have any data on the computer)
I've an external hard disk of capacity 350 GB....
RAM 1 GB.....

As u have quoted, delete the linux partitions with GPARTED Live CD....
I just want 2 make clear if i delete the Linux Partitions with GPARTED Live... then will my computer be ready for the Windows installation....

Or else do i've to follow a procedure????
I want to follow ur method.... If u think I can proceed then just say yes....

So that I can delete partitions....


Thanks once again...
 
Old 01-14-2009, 10:56 PM   #10
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@Disillusionist

Thanks a lot for ur time and support....


I made a decision to uninstall RHEL4, install Windows and then Reinstall RHEL4....
My hard disk capacity is 40 GB (And I dont have any data on the computer.... I dont use this computer to save data)
I've an external hard disk of 350 GB....
RAM 1 GB.....

As u have quoted, delete the linux partitions with GPARTED Live CD....
I just want 2 make clear if i delete the Linux Partitions with GPARTED Live... will my computer be ready for the Windows installation....

Or else do i've to follow any other procedure????
If u think I can proceed then just say yes....
So that I can delete partitions....

Thanks once again...
 
Old 01-15-2009, 03:37 AM   #11
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Yes, you can proceed.

What I would do is boot off the Windows XP Installation media.
When prompted, delete the existing partitions, create a new partition of 20GB and choose this partition to install Windows XP to.

Then you have 20GB of unallocated space on the Hard Disk, which is ready to be sliced and diced in the RHEL install.

Please let us know how you get on.
 
  


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