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Old 07-10-2003, 04:50 AM   #1
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Installation of Red Hat


Hi all,

Questions on installation:

given a scenario of an existing win2k OS, 1 hdd, 1 drive only and having access to partition magic.

I tried using partition magic to make 2 extra partitions. Do I put ext3, ext2, fat, fat32 or other file system type? the 2 extra parts is for linux, from what i heard 1 is for / and the other is for /swp. And also, theres the primary or logical (recommended) options given, which to choose? How big will both the partitions be for / and /swp? need a raw example.
OR
isit possible that u do not touch anything first and try to let the linux installer to do the partition?? Then again how can linux be installed if the only partition is oredy for the exsting win2k? im blurred.

i tried the partition magic eventually, and carried on to install linux. Redhat 7.3 btw. I chose a custom installation mode and tried to assign the bigger partition for the / after i clicked add. However, i receive an error, something like this, forgotten becos it was yesterdae, " unable to set as Primary partition", i tried to check the "force it as the primary partition" option, and also nothing but error.
Can anyone explain the erm file system type and the consequences of using them? like negative point where linux cannot access windows files with ext3 or watsoever?

Im using linux now, but my machine has only linux now, cos i formatted everything and went for the workstation installation mode and mostly default settings. However, I need to know how to get dual boot as a form of knowledge also for the future as it most pobably is applicable. (sorry for my english).

Need someone just to clear my doubts. any help??? Thanks and sorry for the long post.

PS: it would be nice oso if theres a general linux installation thread as sticky.
 
Old 07-10-2003, 05:00 AM   #2
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If I am correct, RH7.3 do not support ext3 (hope someone to correct me).

Umok, how did you use the Partition magic? According to my experience, for RH7, linux is capable to search for the unrelocated area on the hard disk and automatically create linux partition.

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Old 07-10-2003, 05:09 AM   #3
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basically i just "create a new partition", and given the options, i select stuffs like ext2 on my first try then ext3 then fat32, the below options if i rmemeber correctly,
i put the default "partition: logical (recommended)"
tried almost all the combination, but each try is the same error, the "primary partition error", i did tried the primary option for my combinations as well, but no success . =(

I heard it is better to install windows first then linux, but now since i oredy formatted everything and using linux alone, maybe i will try adding windows. But if it doesnt work and i got the solutions to my questions, i shall format everything again and do a proper dual boot

 
Old 07-10-2003, 05:19 AM   #4
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Just a moment. Do you mean you have ALREADY DELETED all the partitions on the harddisk?

In this case I assume there is no partition on your computer now. (please make sure of it) If so and given that you do NOT want windows anymore, you should be able to use the automatic partition during installation.

But again, it is better to check the partition information on your current hard drive first.

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Old 07-10-2003, 05:26 AM   #5
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I tried everything for dual boot, but after everything fails, i just format the partition which is storing the windows. So now i have 3 partitions,
13g, 13g ,3g i tink. Now my machine only has linux, but i do not know which partition the linux has occupied, is there a way to check? the erm / or /swp watever occupies which hda1 or 2 or 3? just like windows, u can check by the drives?
 
Old 07-10-2003, 05:46 AM   #6
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Do you mean you have already installed linux?
If so, try fdisk -l (necessarily root)

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Old 07-10-2003, 05:55 AM   #7
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type fdisk -l tats all?? i gotten fdisk not found as reply.
sorry if i did rongly, cos im not sure with the command.

And ya, im using linux now, at this very moment, from my first post to now, im on linux, but anyway, im going home soon, but do post ur solutions, i shall try again tomolo
 
Old 07-10-2003, 06:09 AM   #8
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it is necessary to issue fdisk -l as a root. (not ordinary user).
If you have installed linux on your hhd, you should be able to invoke this command as root.

Good luck

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Old 07-10-2003, 09:44 PM   #9
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i used the super konsole and fdisk -l

and i got this "bash: fdisk: command not found"

=(

and hi everyone, back to my office again =X

Last edited by umok; 07-10-2003 at 10:38 PM.
 
Old 07-10-2003, 10:44 PM   #10
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maybe someon could just explain the parition types, and tat should do fine for me.... primary or logical, ext2 ext3 fat fat32 or ntfs... and how much to allocate.... losing hope on my thread...
 
  


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