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Old 10-20-2003, 09:01 AM   #1
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Partitioning Question


I am a pre-Linux user and I was wondering if there were any programs out there that would let me partition my current HD that I'm using with Windows XP Professional?

Also, how would I get my machine to dual-boot? Would it automatically do it with the installation of Mandrake 9.2?

Please tell me the best programs I can download.

Thanks!

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Old 10-20-2003, 09:20 AM   #2
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parted, yes, will automatically allow for dual boot

other people may offer other suggestions, but parted (partition editor) works well

http://www.gnu.org/software/parted/

Yes, Mandrake 9.2 will explicitly allow you to dual boot.
 
Old 10-20-2003, 09:57 AM   #3
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Mandrake includes a tool to resize NTFS partitions. GNU parted doesn't do NTFS.
 
Old 10-20-2003, 10:50 AM   #4
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There is program called fdisk in Red Hat Linux 9, but difficult to use, try may be it will help you to get what you want. Run from terminal typing just fdisk.
 
Old 10-20-2003, 11:03 AM   #5
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If Mandrake 9.2 uses the same tool as 9.1, pretty sure it does, it will resize your NTFS partition. MAKE SURE you defrag first. Also make sure you have the setting 'make programs load faster' UNchecked. Sometimes XP will put data way out in the middle for some reason. Back up you data just in case.

A better solution, buy a second hard drive and leave the XP alone. Put Linux on second drive and add a fat32 partition to swap files between Linux and XP. Linux can't write to NTFS reliably anyway. They say "Not Recommended".

That's what I would do to be safe not sorry. I helped someone just the other day that lost his entire XP. All of it. We both

Hope that helps. A small 10 or 20GB will be plenty too. May have one lying around??



 
Old 10-20-2003, 11:31 AM   #6
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dalek---I have xp-pro on hdd-1 with hdd-2 being spare but ntfs. Did I understand correctly that I could place say redhat on the hdd-2 but reformatted to fat-32 first??? If I were to do that would xp-pro disk be untouched by redhat?? Many thanks for an answer. Is redhat a good choice for a system--it is boxed with documentation.
 
Old 10-20-2003, 11:38 AM   #7
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i guess you can do it the secure way.... free a second partition of your hardisk.
if you don't have a partition you could use, get Powerquest Partition Magic. with hat tool you can create, resize and move partitions WITHOUT losing any data.
then when you got you new (empty) partition, boot up with the mandrake cd-roms, and use that free'd partition, it will ask you during install if you want to use lilo to dual-boot. just say yes, and there you go..
 
Old 10-20-2003, 11:46 AM   #8
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Ok, I'll explain better.

Linux can read all windoze stuff, NTFS pretty well too, but no writing. Too dangerous. It is coming though. So you can't transfer to windoze that way.

Windoze will not see Linux. Bill Gates don't like Linux remember. So you can't transfer to Linux that way.

If you have no data on your second drive, do this.

Read this guide and substitute when needed.

http://easylinuxguide.jsutnoni.com/viewtopic.php?t=418

You will need to follow that part for multiple drives. Use the custom partitioning section of the install like in the guide. Leave you a little space at the very end of the drive, about a gig or so should be plenty. You can adjust though to what you may need. This will later be fat32 and used to swap data from XP to Linux and vice versa. Linux can read/write to fat32 and so can windoze. That will be what you use to swap files between the two. (I bet Bill Gates is fuming. ) Me happy though.

After you get through the install I can tell you how to set up and format the partition for fat32. It's easy in Linux. All GUI.

That should solve the problem of swaping files and such. The how to should work for Mandrake 9.1 and 9.2. They have a slightly different look but that's all from what I have seen from the 9.rc2 version.

The install of Mandrake looks complicated but it's really not that bad. You just have to take it step by step and watch what you are doing.

Any more questions? Ask them before you boo boo please. It's easier that way.

 
Old 10-20-2003, 11:50 AM   #9
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hi core..sorry to ask again I have a second drive, empty..nothing on it. Will Linux ask which drive to install on??? Will it refrmat the drive if I want?? Thanks
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added-dalek, really good reference, many thanks!

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Old 10-20-2003, 01:46 PM   #10
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Partition Magic 8 is my best bet to safely partition.
 
Old 10-20-2003, 02:02 PM   #11
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FlyRight,
Best to select expert install mode. That way you will have complete control on which disk, partitions and formating.
 
Old 10-20-2003, 06:54 PM   #12
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If you have nothing on the second hard drive, data wise, you can delete the partition when you set up your partitions in Disk Drake.

NOTE,

Primary Master = /dev/hda
Primary Slave = /dev/hdb
Secondary Master = /dev/hdc
Secondary Slave = /dev/hdd

Make SURE you partition the right drive. If the one you want Linux on is Primary Slave then select the tab hdb. Do NOT touch hda. You will have a tab for each hard drive on your system when Disk Drake comes up. Just be careful that you get the right one.

You should be OK

Later

 
  


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