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I've searched over LQ.com and cannot find what I'm looking for, or if I find it, it's to complicated for me to understand.
Right now I'd like to take my 40 gig hard-drive and give it this:
- 5 gigs to College Linux
- 5 gigs to Debian
- 5 gigs to Gentoo
- 5 gigs to Mandrake
- 20 gigs to Windows 98 (I have the boot disk)
First off, does this make sense to install so many distros? Second, how do I partition my drives in the simplest way (I did it before, but only for a RedHat Windows dual boot)? And last, if I install them all, how would I be able to load each one when I want them?
I don't think there is a point of having 4 distos, try them one by one and then stick it to 2 20 gig partitions 1 for windows one for linux. Mandrake is quite large and I doubt its gonna be a decent install if you only give it 5 gigs.
And I am not sure, I do not think that HD's can have more than 4 primary partitions, so you may not be able to hack it up like that.
Lets say you are installing fedora core 1. You RESIZE the windows partition which will not delete you data, then you make a linux ext3 partition and a swap partition. Then, you install to the linux partition.
If you do not like it and wish to change, you boot from the other distos cd and when it comes to partitioning you can just either delete the linux one and make another, therefore getting rid of all the files, or some distos will just format for you when you choose what drive to install on. Thus, if you want to install on the second partition (which is hda2) you would put in at the install point which asks for where /dev/hda2. There are many howtos around, maybe check those? I think there may be something there.
Graphical partitioners? Hmm, so right now I'm running Windows XP and somewhere on a second partition RedHat 9.x exists, after I delete thoses two partitions, I can boot up my computer from CD-Rom on a (say Mandrake) distro, I could get a graphical partitioner from that distro to partition my drives to however I want?
I dont know about mandrake, I believe it has one but I am not sure sorry.
if it does, you can manually partition it or automatically do it but with automatic it would partition thinking you only want mandrake. I would install windows first THEN use the mandrake one to resize the windows partitions (resize, NOT delete then remake another one) and make a ext3 or resiserfs partition for linux.