Originally posted by bumsbunny
I want to dual boot red hat and win ME and I understand that additonal to the existing partitions I have to make 3 more for boot root and swap
That's right, and your /boot partition should be at the beginning of your hard disk.
I can make these partitions but then there is something about mount points that I dont understand---do I just go into fdisk and make the three partitions or is there some thing else I should do as well? Please Help!!
You will have to use Partition Magic, preferably verision 6 or newer), to repartition your disk. Unless ofcourse you are doing a total reinstall of both linux and windows.
Fdisk can't resize existing partitions so if you don't have any unused space on your disk use Partition Magic.
Linux need to know where in the filesystem tree to mount the different partitions. This is where mount point come in the picture.
Windows separate different partitions and disk by assigning letters to them, a:,c:,d: etc. Tese are different file trees. Linux on the other hand gathers all disks,devices,processes under one filesystem tree.
Your 3 partitions should be mounted as follows:
/ - this is the root of the tree.
/boot - get's mounted on one of the branches of the tree.
<swap> isn't mounted in the file tree.