Originally Posted by manmay
hi m a nubie to linux installation....altough i hav been using it in our labs...
amd athlon 64 bit 3000 +
512 mb ram
hitachi hdd 80 gb sata
seagate 80 gb pata
win xp + sp2 installed in hitachi 80 gb sata hdd.
ecs elite rs480m motherboard.(onboard ati gfx shared 64 mb memory)
i need to install fc5 and already hav downloaded fc5 dvd iso and burned. i want to install linux in the sata hdd. from reading articles on linux distros...i hav come to know that fedora fc 5 is compatible with sata hdds.
sata hdd contains 2 partitions.( c
windows partition ( 20 gb ) and a data partition (d
i'll be allocating 8 gb for fc5.
1: should i create a ext2 partiton before hand using norton partition magic 8, between c: and d: and then proceed with the linux installation.
2: should i go with the default partition manager of the fc5 installation. will it let me do the above....
secondly i 'll be needing a dual boot system .so should i let the fc5 installation erase my current windows MBR and create its own MBR. or
skip the creation of the new MBR by the fc5 and create my own MBR using bootmagic included within noton partition magic.
in case i let fc5 create a new MBR then later on when i remove the linux how would i restore my original MBR for windows.
THIRDLY ... i was thinking of allocating 256 MB to /boot partition
1 GB to /swap partition and 6.5 GB to root partition. would it be ok if i do this.....i'll be mostly using office productivity suites and software development....i wont be creating a web server , hence no need for apache.
some advice would be really help ful.
Well I don't know much about fedora period - I've never had any success from any of the deadrat offerings.
But, while I always dual booted win XP and linux on a single hdd, the people at my LUG seem to feel that it's better to keep XP on one hard drive and linux on another, if possible.
With that in mind, it may be better if you "scrunched" up the stuff on one hdd and put all the windows stuff on it, leaving the other hdd for the linux install.
I suspect that you don't actually need a /boot with the fc5. I only retain one, because of when I had gentoo installed (their default was /boot, / and /swap).
I should think that the fc5 contains a partitioning tool to let you create any partitioning for whatever it is that you want to do, but as you have partition magic then it may be better to use it to do the windows stuff, just leave the space for linux unused/empty - the fc5 should detect it and suggest that you put the linux install there (in theory - I don't know how they "fair" when it comes to partition creation/management).
Also, I don't know how it might manage with the partitioning because it used to be that you could only have 4 primary partitions on a hard drive, and you had to make one of them "extended" to get round that.
Additionally, how well fc5 will handle read/write to an NTFS partition I can't say. I know lots of progress has been made in writing to NTFS, but it was previously usual to have a seperate FAT32 partition made from windows, then when the system (linux that is) is installed it should see the FAT32 partition and be able to mount it so that it could read/write to it as well - it was a handy way to pass stuff between a linux install and a concurrent windows install.
My partitions are set so that there is a seperate /home i.e. /boot, /swap, / and /home. The idea being, that if I want to install a different distro I can just install it over the top of whatever I'm using currently and as long as I tell the installer that I want to use the same /home, but not format it, I still have all the personal data retained. The system just installs to the / partition, and the /boot if I tell it to use that as well.
MBR's? Well, if you have a windows install disc then restoring the MBR is basic, you just boot the disc and "rescue" the system into a CLI window and I think the command is fixmbr - though you should google for that to confirm as there is a different command for earlier windows installs/mbr's and I can't recall which command does which version.
It may be better to put the linux on the PATA drive as it's definitely gonna work - whatever you settle on, make sure you back up any data that you want to keep first and then run the windows defrag facility - then meddle with the partitions, then when you're happy do the linux install.
Sorry, that lots a bit thin on actual answers, but it might have some suggestions to point you in the right direction.