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Old 09-14-2003, 10:47 AM   #1
tazxxx
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Angry newbiest of newbie partioning...


Ok this is pissing me off, windows wont let me post...this is the third time im writing this...it wont load half the pages, the other half loading at about 12 k (i have 150k).
Anyway ive searched google, looked on various linux sites and just had a quick search on these forums but couldnt find anything, possibly because this is so simple?!
Right anyway i currencly have XP and i am going to install Mandrake 9.2 but i want to sort how im gogin to partion it now as many sites have suggested.
Ok i have a 40GB HD..but im lost already...
i have 2?! drived.. a C: main and a D: recovery...
but are they seperate drives or just partions???
right well iw ant to make sure about 4/5 GB of my data is definately not lost (mostly pictures and music) so i thought maybe if D is a seperate drive then i could put it there to be safe and move it later once its all sorted.
but theres yet another problem... teh recovery drive is 4.24 i think and 1.28 availible so how can i fit 5 GB on it?
Is there a way of compressing the data?
Can i make the D drive bigger...but if i could wouldnt it meen it wasnt a drive after all?
Is there an easier way of making sure files are safe?
Is it definate that i wont lose it?

And i do now want to get a load of disacs and put it on.
Also the C: drive NTFS and the D: fat32 if that helps
Any replies will be appreciated because im so lost, thanks.
tazxxx
 
Old 09-14-2003, 12:59 PM   #2
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do you intend to install Linux instead of XP or as well as ?

If it's instead
copy all wanted data onto the recovery partition
then reboot with the linux disc 1 in and off you go

also, do you have xp home or xp professional?
 
Old 09-14-2003, 04:36 PM   #3
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Sorry, dual boot with XP home.
 
Old 09-14-2003, 04:53 PM   #4
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Re: newbiest of newbie partioning...

"drive" means "partition" in that context, unless you have more than one physical hard drive in your computer.

assuming you have only one hard drive, you will have to repartition some space (i.e., a dedicated partition) for your linux install. repartitioning and the reformatting you will have to do after will delete any data that's on that drive (edit: meaning partition ) that you reformat. thanks to windows, it seems your C: drive is taking up the bulk of the disk, so the process is not going to be easy without something like partition magic.

Last edited by synaptical; 09-14-2003 at 05:00 PM.
 
Old 09-14-2003, 04:59 PM   #5
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So how many partitions does a person need if they are running XP home and wish to have RH 9 also installed? How big do the partitions need to be for each one? I have partition magic installed and know that it is easy to determine the size and all that jazz but I have never dealt with Linux and I am very worried that I will jake up my laptop installing it.

So I guess looking for a little help as to the best way of making my laptop a dual boot computer.......

TIA
 
Old 09-14-2003, 05:03 PM   #6
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So how many partitions does a person need if they are running XP home and wish to have RH 9 also installed?
technically, just two, one for windows and one for linux (although a linux swap partition is recommended). the prob for tazxxx is that he only has 4.xGB of empty partition to work with, so he has to find a way to resize the windows partition to free up some space to use for the linux install (unless he only wants to install it on the 4.xGB, which would be doable, but imho not the best solution with a 40GB drive available ).
 
Old 09-15-2003, 02:15 AM   #7
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can't be done with xp home

xp home locks the partition and does not allow for resizing

better to back up the vital data to the recovery partition
chop the drive up with fdisk
install xp then linux
 
  


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