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Old 02-25-2007, 04:04 AM   #1
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Hello all,

I am new to all this linux business. I currently have Windows XP running on my computer. I happen to download Fedora Core6 since I will be using it for my classes. I downloaded it as a DVD and burnt it into one.
Now,
1) How do I go to get started with the partitions and whatnot? I want to use my external drive (which have 200gig freespace) to run fc6. I already tried booting it off without knowing you HAD to do partitions and yadi yada yada..can anyone kinda throw some advice out there? PLEASE!

NOTE: My pc is a DIM9100 Intel Pentium, dual core.
Thanks anybody
 
Old 02-25-2007, 04:31 AM   #2
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If you can boot from your external harddisk, then it should not be a problems. As far as partitioning goes, i recommend that instead of creating a number of different partitions go with the following simple configuration

mount point = / root partition of around 6-10 GB. This would ensure that you have enough
space for as many programs you want to experiment with.
mount point = /home . You may or may not create a home partition. If you do not create it
separately, then it would be on the same filesystem as /. Or you may
create a separate partition for it. This would store all your data so
make sure it is big enough.

mount point = /swap approx. double your ram.

As far as how to create the partitions is concerned, you might want to use partition magic for that. IT is much simpler to use in case you are not used to creating partitions and stuff.

Also, since you would be dual booting, i recommend that you create a 10 GB partition with VFAT file system to ease up sharing of files between windows and linux. If you windows partitions are formatted with NTFS, then from linux you may read data from them but not write to them. There are solutions available for that, but they are not realiable so its a good idea to use a VFAT partition for sharing data.

Well i guess thats all to get you started.
 
Old 02-25-2007, 05:26 AM   #3
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I use one 10Gb partition for FC6 and 1Gb Swap.

FC6 is one of the 12 systems I installed into a USB hard disk over a weekend.

The write-up is here

My advice to the OP is download Gparted 3.3 or Parted Magic 1.5 Live CD and use either one to resize the external hard disk to obtain free space for FC6 installation. Either live CD can be used to create the necessary partitions to be ready for installing FC6.
 
Old 02-25-2007, 12:59 PM   #4
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Quote:
Originally Posted by mkhan919
mount point = /swap approx. double your ram.
as far as my knowlege of linux goes, swap does not have a mount point, you should just be able to select the filesystem to be formatted as swap (on the intended partition) and like he said it should be around double your ram

the only partitions that are actually neccicary are root (mount point /) and swap

having more partitions than that has advantages but it is mostly unneccicary complexity when dealing with a single user desktop pc

but one thing i might add is a fat (called VFAT under linux) partition to transfer files since linux can not *safely* write to NTFS partitions and win32 cannot write to ext partitions but they both read/write VFAT
 
Old 02-25-2007, 01:06 PM   #5
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oh and just in case you didnt already know swap is the linux equivelant to virtual memory in windows and root is the equivalant to C:
 
Old 02-25-2007, 01:40 PM   #6
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netsupremacy: You're right, swap has no mount point(atleast it does not seem like common practice). The swap space is declared with the "swapon" command(for example "swapon /dev/hda6"), or in fstab it can be declared without a mount point, filesystem "swap" and option "sw".

Regarding filesystem compatibility between platforms, ntfs-3g has just become stable. Which, I suppose, means that it's now working pretty good. Take a look at: http://www.ntfs-3g.org/

For Win NT4/2000/XP/2003 you can have full access to ext2/3 filesystems with http://www.fs-driver.org/. Very easy to use, and atleast for me it has worked perfectly. It's almost like having native support for the filesystem(only exception I can think of is that Windows disk manager can't recognize ext2/3).
 
Old 02-25-2007, 07:12 PM   #7
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Partitions

I ended up downloading the PartMagic 1.5. Put the ISO image in a dvd. went to SETUP FACILITY, unplugged my main drive(XPOS) and told it to check Onboard or USB CD-ROM device, which I thought would be the option.

After trying to run it gives a ..
"Floppy Diskette seek failure"..press F1 to try again or F2 to go to setup options.

Should i change anything in the Boot_sequence? or maybe SAT OPERATIONS as they are set to COMBINATION right now.
Other options for SATA OP were 1)RAID Auto/AHCI 2)RAID Auto/ATA 3)RAID on 4) Combination... I'm lost
 
Old 02-26-2007, 05:10 AM   #8
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Soory about the swap mount point..... my fault.. Thanx for correcting me.
 
  


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