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Old 10-02-2006, 03:20 PM   #1
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Hi I'm new to Linux, and I was wondering if anyone could assist me with the partition table I would use and in what order I would have to set these up? Even in which i would create each partiton.
These are the conditions I have...

- Windows XP needs a 80GB NTFS partition.
- Also would like a 8GB DOS FAT partition so files can be moved easily between operating systems.
- SuSE and Fedora should share a common /home directory of 80GB.
- The SuSE root filesystem should be formatted as reiserfs.
- The Fedora root filesystem should be formatted as ext3.

Thank you, any help would be greatly appreciated.
 
Old 10-02-2006, 03:40 PM   #2
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If you are new to Linux, why are you trying something as complicated as a triple boot system? It would be much easier to choose one of the two Linux distros and try to get into the whole thing first.
I don't know much about Suse, but Fedora worked fine for me when I switched from Windows.
During the installation process you'll get to a point where you can set up the partition table.
Here's a suggestions for your Linux partitioning:
10 GB for /
3 GB for /tmp
whatever you have left for /home
Also, you'll need a swap partition, the size of which depends on your amount of physical memory. It's recommended to make the swap partition twice the size of your physical memory, e.g., if you have 512 MB ram, the swap partition should be 1 GB.
Additionally, I created two more partitions for my data, which I mounted in a subfolder of my home partition. This way I've got my data away from anything related to the system and user configuration.

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Old 10-02-2006, 04:11 PM   #3
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I agree with tpetri1807 except as follows. The size of the swap partition should not be determined as twice the size of RAM. This rule gives more swap space where it is least needed and deprives swap space where it is most needed. The actual swap space requirement can only be determined under normal operating conditions. I can say that with 1 GB RAM on a SuSE workstation and KDE I only use about 250 MB or less of swap space, but on another computer with 256 MB RAM running PCLinuxOS and KDE I use about 500 MB of swap space. In both cases I have a 1 GB swap partition.

One word about SuSE. The default file system type is Reiser FS. I have had a boat load of trouble with this file system type as the root partition. I spent last night changing the partition to the XFS file system. I highly recommend that you do NOT use the Reiser file system at any time for any reason. I have used the XFS file system on my external disks for a couple of months and so far I have had no problems at all. I'm still using ext2 for my /home partition and it gives me no problems at all either.

As tpetri1807 said, just set up one Linux system and one Windows system on a given computer until you are much more experienced with Linux. And don't put them on the same disk if you can avoid it. The Windows partition manager and the Linux partition manager are basically the same but there are some small differences that can cause problems. If you have to put Windows and Linux on the same disk then don't make the disk dynamic under Windows. Keep it basic.

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Old 10-02-2006, 07:58 PM   #4
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Well I dont plan on using this setup, it was a question that was asked of me. I could imagine how difficult it could get dealing with this setup. Just a theoretical partition table would help, thanks. Again thank you guys for your help.
 
Old 10-02-2006, 09:38 PM   #5
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Your original post has got almost all of the information that you need. I would say install Windows first and put it on the first partition. If you are going to use one disk then this is how I would partition it.

Windows - NTFS - 80 GB
shared vfat - FAT32 - 8 GB
SuSE - either ext2 or xfs - 12 GB
Red Hat - either ext2 or xfs - 12 GB
home - either ext2 or xfs - 80 GB
swap - swap file system - 1 GB

I put the swap partition at the end of the disk because Linux computers aren't going to swap very much if you have a reasonable amount of RAM. It doesn't really matter about performance. Hard disks these days are so fast that you won't notice any performance difference whether you put the swap partition at the beginning or at the end of the disk.

I put the FAT32 partition next to the NTFS partition just so that Windows will have a contiguous disk space to work in. It doesn't really matter as long as you keep the disk in basic mode in Windows.

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Old 10-02-2006, 10:33 PM   #6
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Tdotsown
Hi I'm new to Linux, and I was wondering if anyone could assist me with the partition table I would use and in what order I would have to set these up? Even in which i would create each partiton.
These are the conditions I have...

- Windows XP needs a 80GB NTFS partition.
- Also would like a 8GB DOS FAT partition so files can be moved easily between operating systems.
- SuSE and Fedora should share a common /home directory of 80GB.
- The SuSE root filesystem should be formatted as reiserfs.
- The Fedora root filesystem should be formatted as ext3.

Thank you, any help would be greatly appreciated.
Since you are over the 4 primary partition limit you MUST use the extrended partition option. After using one primary partiton for Windows you have the choice of creating and saving a primary partition for later, using a primary partition for the FAT filesystem, Linux swap, or Linux / (root). I would use FAT32. Never use FAT unless necessary.
Ignoring any of the above choices I would use cfdisk to create:
1. 80GB NTFS primary partition.
2. 8GB FAT32 primary partition.
3. Extended partition.
A. logical partition for Linux swap (some percentage of your RAM, can be shared between Linux syatems).
B. unknown GB logical partition for SUSE.
C. unknown GB logical partition for Fedora.
D. 80GB logical partition for /home.
 
Old 10-02-2006, 10:52 PM   #7
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Sharing home might give some grey hairs if fedora and suse don't use the same UIDs/GIDS or when you create users in different sequences.
 
Old 10-03-2006, 07:54 AM   #8
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Thank you guy, u guys have all been a great help. Thank you again.
 
  


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