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Old 11-28-2004, 02:58 PM   #1
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Disk partitioning before installing Linux


I'm new to linux and would like to install one in my PC. Currently I've a disk
which has WinXP Pro running. The harddisk is partitioned as follows

Primary D : FAT32 5.6GB (size) 3.7 GB (used) 2.0 GB (Free)
Primary C : NTFS 68.9GB (size) 32.0 GB (used) 37.0 GB (Free)


Know I would like to partition C: so that I can use 30 GB for Linux. Now
I've downloaded Mandrake Official ver 10 Linux and copied in to 3 CDs from
the ISO files. Before I start installing from Linux do I need to

1. Partition the C: to create 30 GB free space, if so how do I do that. Please
someone explain me clearly, how to partition 30 GB into /boot /swap and /.

I've Paragon partition manager to partition the disk.


OR

2. Start installing the Linux and it will ask to partition the disk during the
installation.


Appreciate all your help.
 
Old 11-28-2004, 03:42 PM   #2
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For re-partitioning an existing partition, use Partition Magic.

2.) yes the installer will ask you to partition, but you can only partition the empty (unpartitioned) space. Which gives you two options:
1. delete windows (you don't wanna do this)
2. accidentally delete windows (you don't wanna do this either)

So use Partition Magic.
 
Old 11-28-2004, 03:50 PM   #3
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Thanks marghorp.


I will use partition magic to create a partition the existing primary C: I'm new to the partition magic software. My question is

1. Should I make this partition as primary or extended ?

2. I would like to allocate 30 GB for Linux, what type of filesystem should I create ?

3. where does / , /swap, /boot come into picture ?

Please explain me clearly ?

Appreciate all your help.
 
Old 11-28-2004, 05:00 PM   #4
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Make one primary partition and you can leave it as free space the installer will do the rest.
 
Old 11-28-2004, 05:14 PM   #5
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Thank you, I tried using partition manager. When I clicked create partition it brings up
a window where I can change "System Type" to FAT32 or NTFS or Ext2FS or Ext3FS or
L-Swap2 or ReiserFS.

Please let me know what should be the system type. When I said FAT32 it says the
FAT32 is accessible only from Window 98/2000/XP. Do you want to continue ?


Please advice.
 
Old 11-28-2004, 06:04 PM   #6
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You need to repartition your harddisk. I don't remember what exactly to do, as it has been quite a long time since I used Partition magic. The idea is this. FIRST BACKUP ALL YOUR PRECIOUS DATA (personal files, not games, and not programs).

Then using partition magic, resize C: to what ever you like. You don't need to assign a filesystem to the newly created partition, but if you want you can make it ext2, but this doesn't matter anyway, because the installer will change all that. You should actually leave it as free (unpartitioned) space.

Once you have created the free (unpartitioned) space, insert the Mandrake CDs, and then run the install, as the GUI will guide you through the steps. Follow the instructions on screen and you will be a linux user in no time.

If you have any questions, post them here.

Oh, P.S.: You don't have to mail me directly, as every post made to this thread comes to my inbox directly. But you can if you wish
 
Old 11-28-2004, 06:26 PM   #7
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partition magic doesnt work

in my experience, partition magic has proven to be crap, and it doesnt work when i click commit changes. if i were you, id do it from the installer. just be REALLY careful, and make sure you know what partition/disc windows is installed on.
 
Old 11-29-2004, 03:04 PM   #8
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Thank you for your replies.

Today I bought a 200GB harddisk. I would like to install it and install Linux
on the disk. Basically I would like to dedicate whole of that disk for Linux.

If I do this, can I have dual-boot options

1. Windows XP Pro
2. Linux

If so, please let me know how to acheive dual-boot. Is it part of the
installation or special care has to be taken???
 
Old 11-29-2004, 03:12 PM   #9
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Install windows first and tell it what size to use and leave the rest as free space so windows will be hda1.Then install linux on the free space left over.
 
Old 11-29-2004, 03:17 PM   #10
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I already have WindowXP on the first disk. Only thing is I've install Linux on
the second disk. The second disk is only meant for Linux.

Please advice me about the dual-boot option.
 
Old 11-29-2004, 03:26 PM   #11
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What distro? Is hdb the slave hd, that is the new one right.

Last edited by comprookie2000; 11-29-2004 at 03:57 PM.
 
Old 11-29-2004, 04:35 PM   #12
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Mandrake 10.0 and yes hdb is slave hard drive
 
Old 11-29-2004, 05:02 PM   #13
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I believe Mandy will make the dual boot for you. It uses GRUB by default. While installing, you will have some options on how to setup GRUB.
 
Old 11-29-2004, 05:03 PM   #14
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Just go ahead with the install, and see where it takes you. All it takes is some time. If this is your first install, maybe you will do it twice, maybe you will succeed the first time I have succeeded the first time with RH9 without problems. And Mandy is a nice distro also, and very friendly to the user
 
Old 11-29-2004, 05:05 PM   #15
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I don't use Mandrake but you should be able to boot up mandrake and install grup to the MBR or there is a way to have windows boot them both but you will have to search that one.
 
  


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