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I have ubuntu 7.04 installed on a 15Gb harddrive. I wish to install fedora 7 on the same drive. Can I partition the drive during installation of fedora or must the the drive be partitioned prior to installation.If the latter how do I go about this please.
I prefer to prepare the drive with other means. Download Gparted, it's not huge or anything, boot with the Gparted CD and shrink you're Ubuntu partition by sliding the end of the partition over and click "apply" or something, and then install Fedora in the free space, you can use the same swap as Ubuntu. You should allow at least 7GB for Fedora, I think a default install may use up around 5GB.
You can easily get 2 or more Linux installs onto a 15GB drive, but there will be no room left for data.
Note that 15GB == old == maybe nearing end of life
BEST solution: Buy a new drive.
To install another OS, you first need to create empty (unpartitioned) space. This must be done with something like GParted on a bootable CD---ie you cannot resize the existing partition from within the running system.
Once you have unpartitioned space on the drive, you can create the new partition(s) as part of installing the new system.
I have a similar question. I wanted to install OpenSUse on a machine that had XP. So I aquired Partition Magic and created and formatted a partition for linux. I then tried unsuccessfully to install BootMagic (so I could choose which OS on startup). Eventually I thought I'd just intall OpenSuse from Windows and see what happens. It installed just fine! My question is, did OpenSuse find that partition I created and was it even neccessary to create and format a partition before hand like I did?
I think that your problem, whatshiface, was that the boot loader was simply improperly configured. Maybe you managed a successful install of OpenSUSE and just goofed on the boot loader install? Either way, the answer to your question about making partitions is, frankly, yes. Sometimes its good to partition before you install, since its usually taken care of from your own OS that you're familiar with, and sometimes its good to do it using a bootable install CD from the new OS, since perhaps it has a better partitioning tool (Linux vs Windows). It's really a matter of preference, since the OS being installed can't tell the difference between you having done it already and doing it with the install CD/DVD.