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Old 06-09-2008, 04:44 PM   #1
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What is a "Swap Partition"? I`m reinstalling Linux Mandrake version 7.1 on a decondary HDD with Windows 98 file installed on it and I`m worried that by making a swap partition for the Linux OS these files will be killed. Can anyone help. I`m completly new to Linux. tnx
 
Old 06-09-2008, 04:52 PM   #2
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A swap partition is a disk overflow for memory. When you try to use more RAM than you have installed then Linux moves some RAM pages to the swap partition. The freed up RAM can be used by programs which need RAM more urgently than the programs which had parts of their RAM paged out to swap. When the paged out memory is needed again Linux selects some different RAM to page out and pages in the urgently needed memory pages into RAM.

If you set up your partitions properly then data in a Windows partition will not be overwritten by swap data or vice versa.

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Old 06-09-2008, 05:08 PM   #3
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Thanks Steve for replying to my post. I think I have partitioned the drive correctly but I just needed to hear it from someone else for reassurance - you know how it is with all this tech stuff...
By the way, why "Jailbait"?
 
Old 06-09-2008, 05:20 PM   #4
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Thanks Steve for replying to my post. I think I have partitioned the drive correctly but I just needed to hear it from someone else for reassurance - you know how it is with all this tech stuff...
By the way, why "Jailbait"?
"jailbait" was a mistake. I am often faced with creating a user name or a password and I prefer not to use duplicates. I have a mental method of selecting a random word for a password that I use that is something like flipping a coin through my mind and it landing with a random word showing. This works fine for passwords. The first time I asked a question on linuxquestions I had to create a user name and a password so I came up with two random words. Unthinkingly I used jailbait as my random user name. I should have used stites for my user name and jailbait for my password. A few thousand posts later I realized that jailbait was a stupid user name but it would set my post count to 0 if I changed names.

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Old 06-09-2008, 06:07 PM   #5
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Thumbs up Been There

Man, I know how you feel. I think I have about 200 user names and passwords to keep track of. I keep a text file of them but I have that envrypted too and every now and again I forget that password and have to ring my friend Jeff to tell me what it is. But the big dope forgets it too and then we spend an hour trying to figure it out. Jesus its just getting mental!!
anyway, thanks for the help - I`ll let you know how I get on with the swap file.
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