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Old 05-01-2006, 11:43 PM   #1
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HD partition dual boot with Win Xp


I would like to install RedHat ES 4.0 in my new DELL Inspiration E1505 laptop as dual boot with Win XP Home. Win XP home came preinstalled in the 60GB HD (i believe 51.3gb as C drive and the rest as system utility partition), I would like to reclaim those system partition; So what my future partition should look like is Win XP 20GB and RedHat 40GB. I have win XP installation CD. So what will be the best way to achieve this partition; i heard i can use a utility called "parted" (i believe) located in Redhat 1st CD or shall i do a fresh installation of Win XP with the Xp installation CD and keep 20 GB for windows and leave the other unformatted and install REDHAT on that??

Many thanks for your help
 
Old 05-01-2006, 11:52 PM   #2
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Originally Posted by windycity_linux
I would like to install RedHat ES 4.0 in my new DELL Inspiration E1505 laptop as dual boot with Win XP Home. Win XP home came preinstalled in the 60GB HD (i believe 51.3gb as C drive and the rest as system utility partition), I would like to reclaim those system partition; So what my future partition should look like is Win XP 20GB and RedHat 40GB. I have win XP installation CD. So what will be the best way to achieve this partition; i heard i can use a utility called "parted" (i believe) located in Redhat 1st CD or shall i do a fresh installation of Win XP with the Xp installation CD and keep 20 GB for windows and leave the other unformatted and install REDHAT on that??

Many thanks for your help
I did this a few years ago, what I did was to use partition magic and resize my hard drive. Worked fine
 
Old 05-02-2006, 12:55 AM   #3
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Unless you're absolutely sure of its content, I suggest that you do NOT remove the system utility partition. It might contain stuff that you need when you reinstall WinXP or when you contact Dell when you have a problem.

If you want to share files between WinXP and RH, a FAT32 partition would be usefull as well (although you can also use an external device (like usb-stick) for that).
 
Old 05-02-2006, 03:05 PM   #4
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Originally Posted by Wim Sturkenboom

If you want to share files between WinXP and RH, a FAT32 partition would be usefull as well (although you can also use an external device (like usb-stick) for that).
I am going to be installing a dual boot setup on my new HD.
I reasearched FAT and NTFS and there seems to be a lot of dissagrement over which is better. I fianally decided to go with NTFS but I have heard a couple times now that FAT would be better sharing the HD with Linux. Should I go with fat instead? Does any one here think the advantages of NTFS outweigh the disadvandages?
 
Old 05-02-2006, 03:31 PM   #5
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Most people install windows XP/2000/NT on NTFS. That's probably what you should go with for the operating system.
Then create a separate partition which is FAT to allow for easy sharing of files between linux and windows (support for writing to ntfs in linux is patchy but improving).

ntfs vs fat
 
Old 05-02-2006, 04:29 PM   #6
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I have used Partition Magic as well as Acronis Disk Director to resize my partitions without losing the data, no need to reinstall XP if you don't wish. If I was running a single boot XP system, I would use NTFS, but since I dual boot with Linux, I have a NTFS partition for the system files and a FAT partition for data. Linux does not write to NTFS. Well, I believe there is a project that is working on it, but I haven't checked how well along it is lately. So, if you want to exchange data between the two, have a FAT partition.
 
Old 05-02-2006, 07:11 PM   #7
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Create 3 partitions with Partition Magic. One Partition set up with NTFS and mount Windows, One partition Mount Linux and the other keep as FAT and use as a swap partition. Winblows runs better with NTFS.

Keep the Dell System Utility Partition. Your not saving enough space on the drive to warrant removing it and yes Dell will ask you to run untilities from it if you ever have problems and spend 6 hours on tech support trying to call them. Be preety mad after spedning that long of time only to find them very unhelpful when they learn you deleted the system utility partition.
 
  


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