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Old 09-14-2004, 10:08 PM   #1
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Installing Suse while keeping XP


Hi. I am new to Linux and Suse for that matter. I have windows xp on my system right now and I am planning to add Suse on to it. Not wanting to do a fresh install of windows xp I was planning to create a new partition for Suse using Partition magic which is not a destructive partitioning program. I want to know what type of partition I need to create, also creating a new partition I get a lot of questions from the program such as:

1) should I create it before or after C: (after is recommended)
2) Primary or Logical (Logical recommended)
3) File System Type: Fat, Fat32, NTFS, Linux ext2 , Linux ext3 , Linux swap

For my Linux I am assuming Linux ext2? and make it Primary? Also how big should my swap partition be? I have 1 gig of ram by the way. There is a button to "install another operating system" Should I use that or create the partitions myself?

Thanks!

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Old 09-14-2004, 10:19 PM   #2
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put it after the c drive and make it a primary. just resize your xp partition and leave the new space unformated. suse will partition and create the swap for you during the install.
 
Old 09-14-2004, 10:20 PM   #3
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So a primary, Linux partition?
 
Old 09-14-2004, 10:27 PM   #4
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sure. suse will re-do it as a reiserfs + swap during the install. you need to do a scandisk and defrag of the xp partition before resizing it, or you run a good chance of hosing the xp installation.
 
Old 09-14-2004, 10:29 PM   #5
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so before I create the new partition I should scandisk and defragment my c:? Oh by the way, where is the scandisk program? I cant seem to find it on my xp.

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Old 09-14-2004, 10:41 PM   #6
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open 'my computer' right click the c: drive, choose ->properties->tools->check now.
 
Old 09-14-2004, 11:15 PM   #7
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thank u very much!
 
  


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