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Old 10-09-2004, 12:36 PM   #1
bobby4004
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partitioning help


I'm trying to partition my hard drive so that I can dual boot with Win XP and Fedora Core 2. At the moment I have an NTFS partition with Win XP on it, and an unallocated partition that i can't do anything with. I've tried to change half the NTFS partition into an Ext3, so that I can put Linux on it. The problem is that when I apply the changes, it reboots my comp and runs a partition magic window saying that it's about to make the partition but it says something about too many errors. After this it says press any key to continue, and reboots back into XP. Then when I go back into partition magic it's exactly the same as it was before i did anything. Can anyone help me out on this??
 
Old 10-09-2004, 12:52 PM   #2
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Hi,
What is the total size of the disc? What is the ntfs partition size? How much do you have unallocated?

If partition magic is telling there are errors, you'd better start again from scratch. Why don't you just run the fedora install and see whether it can create its filesystems on your unalloc. partitions?

Resizing partitions is somewhat risky and unrecommended. If you can't install fedora in the current disk layout, its more secure to reinstall xp and repartition everything from the begining.

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Old 10-09-2004, 02:01 PM   #3
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I recommend to do two things ... the first thing run in windows xp security mode a scandisk to the ntfs disk (with surface test)... after that partition magic should work... if it doesn't get Acronis Disk Director that have a alternative to Partion Manager - maybe better - and a wonderfull Boot Manager.

In my computer i don't use grub in the master boot record... i install it in /dev/hda2
so i have the Acronis OS Selector instaled and i choose windows or linux in his graphic boot prompt then after choosee linux i have the grub... if i don't want grub to appear i put 0 in timeout... like that instead of a not so organized grub with kernels and windows you have a os selector with windows or linux (very pretty) choosing linux you have grub... this os selector gives you another advantage... when you're in os selector (before choosing windows or linux) you can acess acronis disk director what make you able to partitioning the disk even before entering an OS... is perfect... if you use windows + linux i recommend you that way

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Old 10-09-2004, 02:26 PM   #4
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I only have a 40 GB harddrive because it's on my laptop. my NTFS C drive says total size is 38146.5 MB, and unused is 34,359.1. The unallocated is total 7.8MB. I just reformatted my comp back to the factory settings. Is there something I can run to find what the errors are?
 
Old 10-09-2004, 02:29 PM   #5
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thanks adrade, I'll try that and get back on with the result.
 
Old 10-09-2004, 09:20 PM   #6
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well I partitioned the harddrive and got Linux installed on it but now the keyboard isn't working. I got everything configured and then when I tried to type something in it wouldn't?? then I tried to re-install and it did the same exact thing. I'd really appreciate a little bit more of your help. thank you so much
 
Old 10-09-2004, 09:22 PM   #7
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if you don't have keyboard working you can't do anything so you must have other way to get the configuration of the system ... do you have some live distro like knoppix? anyway it seems stupid
 
  


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