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Old 04-11-2004, 05:13 AM   #1
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Partitioning a freshly formatted drive for Win98 and Linux


Hey,

For some time now I have been slowly moving towards installing Linux on my PC, with the hope of using it for most things except gaming that I cannot do via WineX. Basically, I switched as many of my daily tasks to open source multiplatform software (this includes Pegasus Mail to Mozilla Thunderbird, mirc32 to XChat, MS Word, Excel and PowerPoint to OpenOffice.org, etc).

However, I need some help with a few aspects of installing Linux.

Currently, this is my 'plan' so to speak:

*Burn distro CD(s) from iso(s)
*Back-up data
*Format C:
*Boot to DOS from floppy
*Do initial partitioning
Partitions (of a manufacturer stated 40 GB HD):

? 5 GB FAT32 Windows OS/Windows Apps partition (C drive in Windows)
? 10 GB FAT32 Downloads Partition
? 5 GB FAT32 Documents/Work partition
? 10 GB games partition
+ ? 10 GB extra on Games partition that the Linux distro setup program can pinch for its partitions.

How would I do this in DOS? Having been a Windows user from day 1, I'm not fluent in DOS commands. (I could format and reinstall Windows, but doing complex partitioning is beyond me).

*Install Win98 on Windows partition
*Install Linux distro
(This order because apparently Windows objects to not being the first OS on the HD, while Linux isn't bothered).

My reasoning for keeping the 'shared' partitions (Downloads, Work, Games) FAT32 is that I will still want to be able to access my data from Windows in case of any problems in Linux/needing to use a Windows program for a specific task.

Does this plan have an obvious flaws/problems? I am concerned about whether the DOS partitioning program will be able to do what I want it to do, especially as HD capacity is not in exact GB. Therefore, unless the partition's space can be defined as % of total HD capacity in the program there is a problem. In any case, is there a better way to do the partitioning? Should I do it in Windows after installing Win98 onto the drive in one big partition created by Windows setup? Or with with the Win98 setup program? (highly unlikely to be doable) or should I do it with the Linux distro installer after installing Win98 into one big partition?

Sorry if all this seems a bit stupid, but I'm essentially going to another country, swapping my car for 3 smaller ones when I get to the border, and in any case I don't have a map...

Thanks.
 
Old 04-11-2004, 05:59 AM   #2
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run fdisk from the win98 floppy

in "create partition" you can stipulate the size of each partition either in number of megabytes or by percentage of drive

if you set up the first three partitions 10Gig and 2 x 5Gig you can leave the rest of the drive empty and the Linux installer will see it and chop it up the way it wants.
Linux needs a Swap partition and a Root paritition at least. The installer will auto-allocate if you're installing suse or mandrake or redhat (with slackware it's done manually) not sure about the other distros.

Remember to set C: as active with fdisk.
 
Old 04-11-2004, 10:10 AM   #3
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Thanks for the instructions. I'm looking up a bit more about FDISK now.

One thing I just read in a guide is that the first partitions will be accessed more speedily because they are placed on the faster part of the drive. Therefore, would it perhaps be wise to leave the downloads/work/games partitons until later so that the Linux partitions can be on the faster part of the drive?

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Old 04-11-2004, 10:24 AM   #4
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without knowing the system specs I couldn't answer

if it's a "recent" machine, it probably won't make too much difference
 
Old 04-11-2004, 10:53 AM   #5
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The system is about 3.5 years old:

Athlon 850
256MB SDRAM
40 GB HD

Oh, and when I create the extended partition with FDISK, do I leave the space for the Linux partitions out of this or include it?

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Old 04-11-2004, 11:11 AM   #6
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Yes, the extended partition should include the unallocated space for the linux partitions.
 
  


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