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Old 02-08-2006, 10:26 PM   #1
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Question Gentoo Dual Boot


I tried to dual boot Gentoo for the first time today. The only problem is that I could not figure out the partitions. I did not know what to set the windows partitions to.

It has some options of +6000M and so forth. No Idea what to put there

And then when hitting t to set the partition type I have no idea which to pick

Partition Recommendations
/dev/hda1 Primary - WindowsXP - 3GB minimum
/dev/hda2 Primary - /boot - 32MB
/dev/hda3 Primary - swap - 2x ram <<< what does swap do?
/dev/hda4 Extended - extended partition - maximum availible size << this one used for windows?
/dev/hda5 Logical - / - 2.5GB minimum
/dev/hdax Logical - Any other drive you wish to have

This is the best tutorial I have seen
http://gentoo-wiki.com/HOWTO_Dual_boot

are there any better ones for beginners? I also have 4 harddrives 2 of them which are raided? how do I know if Gentoo is picking up my Netcell raid card? Does anyone know?
 
Old 02-08-2006, 10:56 PM   #2
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Ok, a swap partition provides space for so-called 'virtual memory' which allows you to have a place for applications not loaded into physical memory.

An extended partition contains one or more logical partitions. It does not contain a filesystem by itself.
 
Old 02-09-2006, 07:23 AM   #3
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While you seem more advanced than my post is geared out, I think other will benefit from all of this. Try the gentoo handbook. For almost all users, it is very detailed and very useful.
http://www.gentoo.org/doc/en/handbook/handbook-x86.xml

Specifically, the configuring the bootloader part is all you need to know for dual booting that differs for installing on a drive with another OS preinstalled.
http://www.gentoo.org/doc/en/handboo...part=1&chap=10

Now, as far as partions go... I would recommend the following:
Required -
Swap, mine is 2gig(I have a 160gig drive and 1 gig of dual channeled ram in that box.)
Root(/), mine is the "rest of the drive" aside from everything else. It is about 153Gigs, as I recall.
Windows - I would leave 5-10 gigs for Windows XP, honestly. This allows plenty of stuff and growth.

Recommended-
Boot (/boot)only needs to be like 64Mb.

File systems are up to you. I personally use XFS in Linux, but Fat would allow for windows XP to see and exchange data in tha partition. Windows XP should be NTFS, period. FAT32 is not a good format for Windows XP as a master partition. You REALLY want to avoid it if you can. Swap stays unfilesystemed... it is swap space, doesn't need a filesystem. Boot is up to you as well, for ease I would use ext2 or ext3(I am using ext3).
 
Old 02-10-2006, 03:00 PM   #4
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Our of the partitions below. Is this the only windows partition? >> /dev/hda1 Primary - WindowsXP - 3GB minimum

Partition Recommendations
/dev/hda1 Primary - WindowsXP - 3GB minimum
/dev/hda2 Primary - /boot - 32MB
/dev/hda3 Primary - swap - 2x ram <<< what does swap do?
/dev/hda4 Extended - extended partition - maximum availible size << this one used for windows?
/dev/hda5 Logical - / - 2.5GB minimum
/dev/hdax Logical - Any other drive you wish to have
 
Old 02-10-2006, 04:47 PM   #5
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Only that first one is used for Windows. Did you happen to read Matir's post? He explained what swap and extended partitions are.
 
  


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