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Old 03-10-2004, 10:37 AM   #1
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I want to install Red Hat 9 and Mandrake 9 on an XP machine. I did not set up a Linux partition before putting XP on the HD. Will that be a huge problem? Should I install RH or Mandrake first?

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Old 03-10-2004, 10:50 AM   #2
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Just make sure you have enough empty space on your disk for Mdk/RH. If your XP takes up the whole disk, you'll need to resize that partition to make space. In that case, run defrag and then use Partition Magic to resize. You can then install Linux and let it use the free space you made
 
Old 03-10-2004, 10:51 AM   #3
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It's a good idea to install Windows first (although with NT it's possible to put it anywhere besides the first partition on the Master hard drive) and then Linux. Windows WILL overwrite your boot mangager once it installs.

It is always better to create a Linux (at least a ext3) partition instead of using Fat32 and use that for your Linux install.
 
Old 03-10-2004, 11:22 AM   #4
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So just use partition magic to reclaim the 5-6 gig of space for Linux or should it be 5-6 for Red Hat and another 5-6 gig for Mandrake too? Then defrag and install Red Hat first?

I appreciate the help, thank you.
 
Old 03-10-2004, 01:13 PM   #5
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How many OS's are you wanting to install on this one box? I had thought you were only wanting to do a dual boot with Windows and Linux.
 
Old 03-10-2004, 01:24 PM   #6
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XP, Red Hat 9 and Mandrake 9.
 
Old 03-10-2004, 03:05 PM   #7
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I hope to install Mandrake 9.2 in the next few days.

More questions:

If I have a 40GB hard drive with 20GB free, how much should I allocate/partition for installing Mandrake 9.2?

I am running ME and would some day like to do away with it forever. Can I later remove the partition?

Thanks!!
 
Old 03-10-2004, 09:34 PM   #8
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Sure, you can remove any partition at any time. Just make sure you back up any critical data first.
 
  


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