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First, backup important data
Second--from within Linux--create empty space on the drive.
Backup the mbr as satinet says---also put it on a floppy to make Linux easy to boot.
Install XP to the empty space--the installer will do the partitioning.
When all is working, then decide where you want GRUB.
If you can afford the space--or another drive--then seriously consider creating a data partition--formatted FAT32. This will be easily accessible to both Linux and XP.
ok my bad . i issued the command and its ok . im gonna try follow the other instruction hope it will work.
if im having more issue with this should i post a new thread or just post in this one?
thnx so much guys for the quick replays!
Allow me to add a few thoughts.
Backing up the MBR like this especially just prior to changing it, then planning on restoring it, is nuts.
The MBR doesn't just consist of loader code - it also has the partition table, and some signature bytes. If *any* change is made to the partition layout by the XP install, it will be lost on the restore.
Kiss XP goodbye, and a very confused user is the result.
The XP install will also write a couple of signature bytes into the area prior to the partition table - what is nominally the area for loader code. Haven't figured out what they are for - or if they are ever used again.
Best solution is to reboot Linux in whatever rescue mode is offered, and simply re-install grub.
If you feel the need to backup the partition table (a *good* idea) have a look at the options provided by sfdisk. Even a read of the man page will be very worthwhile.
Im trully sorry but i think i was kinda misunderstood.
I have only one 60 gig hd and only 1 partition = hda1 .
on that partition i have linux installed. and thats it.
well i do have another small partition for swap.
now, i want to instal windows on hda . how can i do it without fuckin the linux?
i hope i discribed the situation well this time!
thnx in advance !
Use QTParted to make partition for windows, windows will prolly take over the mbr but make boot floppy to linux and use it after you'll be in linux reinstall lilo or grub, there're more ways as to use "bootpart" from inside windows and get the windows bootloader to boot linux (will work only if you installed the linux bootloader to the root partition).
i cant use qparted to resize my partition. the option grayed .. prolly coz im runing the linux on that partition.
and this is the real issue. i dont know how can i resize the partition im running linux from.
i've been suggested to use g4l to backup the partition into external drive (which i have. external usb hd).than using linux boot disk to repartitionize.but its a bit too complicated and im trying to find easier way acomplishing the task.