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Swap under linux is like the pagefile.sys under windows - a diskspace is used to free up the not so frequently used data from the memory so other data could be loaded there.
In general its good idea to set up swap partition in size twice the size of your memory i.e. 512MB RAM => 1024MB swap
You could set up swap on some of your other drives
For a flexibility I use debian-linux - it's hard in the beginning to manage packages and dependencies but it's intuitive and works fine.
You should also use some light-weight windows manager like fwm2 or twm, cause the others take a lot of disk space
The easy part first: If there is no more RAM left, the system use the harddisk to hold the data of running programms. And this raw, and thus fast partition is called swap. It's a thing from the past, with enough RAM (>256MB) you can life without a swap partition, but IF something happens, its very useful !
A "normal" installation with X, KDE and other programms need usualy 3-5 GB, depends on what you need. At least it will take 300-400 MB without any graphic... (tomsrtbt fits on a single floppy)
Maybe you can take 6 GB at the beginning of hdb ? (Don't forget to backup your data ;-)
I have tried moving partitions with partition magic but to na avail - I get "too many errors". Fedora cannot create a primary partititon, and Suse 9 just hangs when partitioning by default - that is shrinking hdb windows partition. (I am doing an FTP install). So as far asI can see , my only option is to install on the ickle hdc.
gilescarey; no answer to my ? so I`ll try again, what hdd size do you have?
I had w98se and installed mdk8.1 ,no problems, my hdd maxtor 40g. mode
i used sqeazed w98 to 8g and mdk lge partition with 256mb swap. suggest
reinstall and closely watch partitioning with care. no panic just calm approach with care and slow progress. this is because any error you make
as you have expierenced will occur. slow & easy! methodically step by step.
Have finally sorted everything out. Used Partitionmagic on hdb after a throough defrag. Resized Windows partition, now have Suse Dual Booting. Is it just me though, or is YAST buggy? Mozilla conflicts with Openoffice apparently...