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Old 10-19-2004, 08:41 PM   #1
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I have a question to ask.


Ok, first off, I'm planning on reformatting my computer and setting it up to dual boot XP and Linux. I will be putting both Operating Systems on one hard drive. The distribution of Linux I plan on using is Mandrake.

My main concern is over partitioning the hard drive.
Of the tutorials I've read concerning partitioning, most of them have gone completely over my head. As such, I'm at a complete loss as to what to do for partitioning my hard drive. Would any one have any suggestions or perhaps know where to find a more newbie friendly partitioning guide? I believe the thing that's confusing me most is when the guides mention making a partition for swap and one for root. That's what's got me stumped. So, if anyone can offer some help, I would greatly appreciate it. Thanks in advance.
 
Old 10-19-2004, 10:34 PM   #2
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i just did the same thing, except i had XP previously installed. Basically, used Partition Magic 8 to shrink the XP partition by 10 gigs. Then i popped in the mandrake install cd, and it took care of the rest of it. Created it's own bootloader so that i can choose between the two at start-up, made it's own swap space and set up everything that it needed by itself.
 
Old 10-19-2004, 11:19 PM   #3
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When you get your drive sized for XP then when you install Mandrake it will ask you to partition. The space you have for Mandrake should be divided up into several partitions. One for root, one for swap which is about twice the amount of RAM and you should have one for /home containg users home directories. Then if something happens to the root directory and you reinstall, all the files in /home can be preserved.

Hope this was clear.
 
Old 10-20-2004, 12:20 AM   #4
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Indeed it does darthtux. That clears up a lot of confusion for me. I can't wait to get Linux installed and running.
 
Old 10-20-2004, 12:29 AM   #5
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Great Maelstrom , I hust have a question for you. How much space are you going to have for Linux? And what all are you going to do with it? Are you going to have a lot of files that will be shared by users? The reason I'm asking is to try and help you on setting up the sizes of the root and home partitions.
 
Old 10-20-2004, 01:21 AM   #6
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Well, I'm a college student, and I'm mostly doing this to get some experience with Linux. I chose Mandrake because I've heard it's pretty good with newbies. Of course, this is not my first foray into Linux, as I'm working with Red Hat in one of my classes.

I was thinking splitting my HD (160 GB) in half.
XP would be used mainly for gaming and writing any papers I have to write, Linux will be for experimentation and learning.

And, I'll be the only one using this computer, so I won't have any shared files as far as I know.
 
Old 10-20-2004, 01:29 AM   #7
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Just some suggestions:

There are options If you want to share media between Windows and Linux, then create a third section and format it as fat and use it as drive D: in Windows and you can mount it in Linux. Then your music, etc. is accessible by both. Or if you only need to read that partiton in Linux but not write to it, then it could be ntfs.

More than half your Linux slice should be for /home. A full Linux install on most distros is at most 4.5 GB. If you don't plan on adding a lot of programs and such you won't need a huge root partition.

Hope this helps.
 
Old 10-20-2004, 01:39 AM   #8
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darth, that idea for making a third partition usable by both Windows and Linux is a great idea. I never even thought of that. Thanks for all the advice, this is a great help.
 
Old 10-20-2004, 09:15 AM   #9
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Why so much space?

Unless you are going to use linux to store a huge amount of data, you shouldn't allocate 80Gb for it, considering you will be dual booting with xp. As has been said here, ANY windows partition is visible within linux (the opposite is not true). So any data stored in a fat, fat32 or ntfs partition can be used from linux, and those files in fat/fat32 can be also modified.

For instance, I have 120Gb total. 10Gb to linux, the rest for windows. in windows, four partitions 15Gb NTFS, 30GbNTFS, 30Gb NTFS and 30Gb Fat32 (these are approximate numbers).
In this last partition I store stuf that I use both on linux and windows that could also be modified, such as my Downloads folders. Then I can start a download in windows and continue it later in linux.

In the linux 10Gb, 7Gb are for / and 3Gb for /home so when I reinstall linux my home folder is intact. Finally, around 500Mb swap.
 
  


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