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Old 10-10-2004, 07:38 PM   #1
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Installing Fedora on a New Hard Drive


After hearing the virtues of Linux over and over, I'm going to be setting up my rig as a dual-boot with WinXP and Fedora (Core 2). I got a new 120 GB Maxtor hard drive to put it on and didn't know whether it would be better to format the drive with the included software, then run the Fedora installation (which seems a little redundant) or just run the Fedora setup to format and partition the drive. I checked the Fedora docs but it wasn't really clear on what to do.

Any suggestions?
 
Old 10-10-2004, 07:57 PM   #2
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if your duel booting winxp and fedora... fitrst defrag winxp....

personally i like setting the pasrtisions in windows rthen isntalling linux into the freespace left over.... i would advise using a program like partision magic for this, but it costs money unfortunatally.

im not sure if im right but i think fedora can resize ntfs partisions from its installer.... try that... but kep good backups incase it goes wrong
 
Old 10-10-2004, 08:00 PM   #3
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Is the new drive just for fedora?
 
Old 10-10-2004, 10:14 PM   #4
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The new drive wouldn't all just be for Fedora - I was thinking about partitioning it and using the extra space for for large files like my *ahem* music collection and stuff like that. I know I can partition the drive from within the installer, but I just wasn't sure about whether it would be OK to install Fedora without formatting the drive at all (ie, I plug it in, close the case, and start the Fedora install process).

BTW, I've already defragged WinXP, so that's taken care of.
 
Old 10-10-2004, 10:25 PM   #5
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Just leave whatever you want to use for linux as free space and the installer will want to use that.
 
Old 10-10-2004, 10:27 PM   #6
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Also...
To avoid any boot problems, add the right HD geometry while booting for installation:
http://lwn.net/Articles/86835/
 
Old 10-11-2004, 12:26 AM   #7
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Thanks for the help. I'll probably end up coming back before my Linux installation experience is done...

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