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You must have some free space set aside for Linux. What I mean is not just free space on Windows 98, but empty partition space that is completely unused and even inaccessable unless you make a partition on it. Think of it like this: you own an acre of land (your hard drive). Let's just pretend your rich and hate grass, so you build a house on top of the entire land. This is like installing Windows using your entire hard drive. You have all this empty room in the house that you can add things to, like programs, files, or whatever you want, it's up to you.
But Linux is completely different and requires its own house. You can still add things like programs and files, but it still has to have it's own house. And to build a house for Linux, you have to have empty space on your acre of property to build it. You can't build a house inside of a house, which is what your attempting to do. And you can't just chop the Windows house in half ... even if you have just a few things in the Windows house and you could still fit it all in half that size of a house, what about the floor plan? You'd lose a bathroom, a piece of your living room ... it'd be a mess.
So you have to demolish the Windows house so you can build it half the size with a good floor plan, making room on your property so you can also build a secondary house on the same property, the Linux house.
What I'm trying to say is, you must have partitions devoted to each OS so that they can utilize their own filesystem. Windows uses either a FAT-based filesystem or an FTFS system (for the more modern Windows versions), but Linux uses ext2 and ext3 filesystems which are completely different. You can't install Mandrake into a folder on your FAT or NTFS filesystem because Linux doesn't use the type, it uses it's own system, which requires it's own partition or separate hard drive as a slave.
Look, I know all that! I was just saying that I couldn't resize my partition in the Mandrake Linux 9.0 setup. There was no option to do it! It told me to resize but there was NO OPTION OR BUTTON WITH THE WORD RESIZE ON IT!!!!!!!!!!
I found out that Mandrake 7.2 has an option where you can use lnx4win (Linux for Windows) inside Windows 95/98/ME. I think I'd like to try that rather than dangerous partitioning (If it can be done?) I'd rather have a computer devoted solely to Linux though.
I wish future Mandrake versions would include the lnx4win option... I wonder if you can do it with RedHat
Use fdisk make a win 98 boot disk and look up the commands at m$ support you shold be able to resize W/fdisk off of 98 boot disk just be vewy vewy cawfuw wiff how you do it's text based and a little tricky. BTW DEFRAG THOROUGHLY, DO IT A COUPLE OF TIMES JUST TO BE SURE THAT EVERY THING ISAT THE BEGGINING OF THE DISK!