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I want to install Redhat Linux on my system. I have 10 GB hard disk, out of which 5GB is for windows.
I want to know how much partition space should i allocate to each partition(for e.g /home, /boot etc.). Where will i get informaton about this?
What are the criterias for allocating the space?
It depends. Think how much space you use for your own files. Usually, if you don't work with videos or large images, 500MB should be enough. /boot can be really small (5-10MB), because it's space for your kernel images (usually you don't have more than 2-3 images, what means less than 4MB). The rest - for your / (root) partition.
NOTE: If unsure, you can always create one big /. It's not always good (especially for people who want to change the distro but not to loose the data), but you can think about it. In my opinion you should create 0.5GB /home and 4.5GB /.
I tried that --- the so called auto option- problem is that it wanted all the HD or NONE....
Then when I tried to do it manully guess what errors messages would come up and say this will not work NO matter what I put in.
Finnaly had to give it the whole HD just to get it installed.
Okay, after choosing the language, a keyboard and the mouse, you are asked to choose what kind of install. I'm assuming you are choosing either the Personal Desktop or the Custom System. The next screen asks you to pick your partitioning scheme. It gives you the choice of Automatically partition, Manual Partition with Disk Druid and Manual Partition with fdisk (experts only).
Choose Automatic. The next screen will offer you three options for partitioning:
1. Remove all Linux partitions on this system. Windows and non-Linux partitions remain intact with this selection.
2. Remove all partitions on this system. This erases the entire hard disk.
3. Keep all partitions and use existing free space.
You need to use #3. It will then show you how it wants to configure your hard drive. It should leave the first 5 GB of your hard disk alone and offer to install a small /boot partition, the main / partition and something strange that is an advance memory swapping filesystem.
It then takes you in to configuring the boot loader. Grub in the MBR is the best starting point.