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I installed Fedora Core 2 on my hard drive on one large partition however I would like to now install different Distrobutions at the same time. I was wondering if someone could help me by giving me a step-by-step explanation of partitioning the hard drive and later editing the GRUB boot setup so that the diff Distros appear
sorry if this is a dumb question but I do not seem to have a program/script called fdisk... and just for clarification. I am making a partition inside of a partition and could install windows or any linux distro onto this partition?
No its not a dumb question. First, you will have to be root in order to run fdisk. Second, fdisk program must not be in your path, meaning your shell doesn't search in the directory where this programs is most usually located.
# su -
enter your password
#/usr/sbin fdisk /dev/hdX
I would also suggest you read up on fdisk since this program can alter your disk for bad if you are not careful.
I am making a partition inside of a partition and could install windows or any linux distro onto this partition?
IDE disks only allow 4 primary partitions or 3 primary partitions and one extended partitions. Extended partition is a work around the constraint of 4 primary partitions. And yes you can created a large extended partition (like a large bin to hold many smaller bins) and then partitions in it.
Depending on the distro, you may not need to use fdisk. You can insert your new distro CD and boot off it. It should ask if you want to create a new partition to install on or select an existing partition. Just be aware of your existing paritions (probably something like /dev/hda1 for windoze, /dev/hda2 for linux #1) to not clobber. Otherwise, IF you did the fdisk command ahead of time, you would know the name of the new one to select. I've gone out as far as /dev/hda13 with new Linux distros.
Clear as mud?
The only gotcha to installing a second Linux partition is making your lilo or grub bootloader aware of both linux partitions and kernel locations. All distros are careful about detecting a windoze partition, but not usually good with other Linuxes. If you select lilo bootloader, I can give details. Someone else would have to describe how to do the same with grub.
If you have partition magic, use that to resize partition. If you dont have it, take a look at parted
# man parted
parted's man page is easy to follow and would let you resize. Depending on your RAM, you wont need such a big swap partition but thats another story. Also I would suggest you create a home partition so that you can safely house all your important files.
if you dont have too much on fedora i.e. you've recently installed and want to avoid all the stuff described till now, you can also reinstall fedora by manually partitioning and selecting only required space for root directory
my configuration is here for reference
/dev/hdb1 - 100 mb /boot
/dev/hdb2 - 512 mb swap
/dev/hdb3 - 15 GB fedora
/dev/hdb5 - 15 GB slackware
/dev/hdb6 - 12 gb vfat
still have free space left. I've installed everything in fedora and still it only covers 40% of space.
If you are using the default installation of fedora i.e you havent installed programs other than your fedora installation, you just have to backup any work files or text files you feel are important. As far as the error is concerned, its something in parted which i am unaware of.