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Old 01-01-2005, 05:07 PM   #1
ugoff
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Installing Linux


I'm at the end of my rope! I've tried Partition Magic, I've tried using Knoppix, I just don't know what to do.

How in heck should I install Fedora Core 3?

Should I just go over Windows and adapt my family to Linux? Should I just byu a new HDD?

Ugh, thanks for any help!
 
Old 01-01-2005, 05:15 PM   #2
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I prefer to keep linux on a second hard drive. I'm not sure of what you are asking though.

How to make partitions? If you have XP already, chances are it is taking the entire disk in one partition. You will need to resize it to make room for linux, or else you can delete it and make new ones, whatever you wish.
 
Old 01-01-2005, 05:16 PM   #3
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Get another hard drive,I was reading some of your other posts,you mess up that sata drive your parents will kill you.
 
Old 01-01-2005, 05:24 PM   #4
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My parents would beat me, so I think the 2nd HDD sounds better.

But, I only have $60 bucks or so. Should I save their stuff to a CD and then go full Linux? But then again, would it work? Yeah, probably.

And Claudius, I've tried that a million times and I get 'batch errors' and I'm forced to abort the operation.
 
Old 01-01-2005, 05:32 PM   #5
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Do you own Partition Magic? Because if you do, you could resize Windows with it and install Mandrake using custom partitioning. It's really easy, I'd definitely recomend it. It's not the way I did it, but I just got a new hard drive for my birthday.
 
Old 01-01-2005, 05:35 PM   #6
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I tried Partition Magic. I got errors, as I said...
 
Old 01-01-2005, 05:36 PM   #7
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In that case, conjour up some money and get a new hard drive. You might be able to afford a 10 gig. Used even.
 
Old 01-01-2005, 06:31 PM   #8
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$60 should get you a decent drive, i think bestbuy had a 160GB on sale recently, but it was after mail in rebates...check newegg.com they have some decent prices usually
 
Old 01-01-2005, 07:01 PM   #9
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If you were my kid and you installed a new OS without first discussing it with me it would lead to another discussion...how to allocate your free time a little more profitably... = +

Here is a 7200 RPM 40GB Hitachi EIDE drive for $45! Do your folks a favor and splurge!
 
Old 01-01-2005, 07:41 PM   #10
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BTW, Im a teen, and my parents arent happy, but they dont mind.

But, then again, I bought my own computer (and it is beautiful) last year.
 
Old 01-01-2005, 08:00 PM   #11
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Still, 45 bucks for your own drive isn't that bad is it?
 
Old 01-01-2005, 08:35 PM   #12
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Ideal solution: Save any vital information to CD, reformat your harddrive, reinstall Windows on half, and then Linux on the remaining half. You get the best of both worlds.
 
Old 01-01-2005, 09:43 PM   #13
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S'up to you how you do this.

mandrake will resize an NTFS windows XP partition as far as I'm aware - you still can't write to it - yet - but that's not so far off.

As for partition magic? well it does some strange shit sometimes.

I have all my partitions, linux and windows on one hard drive (120 gigs western digital), and recently I've been trying my damnedest to chop my /home partition up so I can have a seperate /fat32 partition for my mp3s i.e. so I can get at them under linux or windows, read and write in either OS.

Because I have both my root and user partitions formatted as Reiserfs, partition magic (version 8) doesn't want to touch them. It only seems to like ext2 or 3.

So during my meddlings, I'd managed to copy my entire /home as a ......tar.gz to the / partition, I tried like hell to do the partition mod's with cfdisk, too no avail.

My partition magic has still come up trumps.

How? well I knew that I had all the info I needed to keep backed up in my / partition, so I just deleted the entire /home partition, which makes it "unallocated". Then I thought it should just be a case of telling it to make 2 new partitions of the sizes of my choosing and off I'd go, but no, it made the newly resized linux partition ext2 format ok, but it kept hitting me with errors for the fat32 one. It tells you that it's stopping the part of the process it doesn't like. that was sorted out by just selecting the partition that I wanted as fat32 and telling it to format it as a single process. All I then had to do was to boot back into gentoo and tell it remake the reiserfs format for my /home partition.

It seems to have worked ok - or as far as I can tell as I haven't modified my /etc/fstab yet to reflect the new fat32 partition I'm still checking on the right additional entry to put in the fstab as I want to be able to read and write to it from either root or user.

The moral of the story, try the partition magic, but just get it to do one thing at a time otherwise it seems to get confused occassionally.

sorry if that sounds a bit long winded, but if you can make it work it's gotta be cheaper than spending out on a new drive - which is, of course an option, but one that costs.

Maybe that helps a little??

regards

John
 
Old 01-01-2005, 10:49 PM   #14
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All right. Thanks! I'll try it tomorrow.


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I was told to reformat, but I never knew what would happen and what I should do.
 
  


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