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Old 06-01-2003, 05:33 PM   #1
millenco
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Please help


Hi, guys I'm new here and to Linux.
My question is: How do I reformat my HD in Linux(cuz I want to remove both Linux RH 6.2 and WIn98 and install RH 9.0 and WinXP)?
Another question is : At the lilo boot, when I choose DOS, I get an error message saying: "invalid disk error" and Win doesn't load. What does that mean and how can I fix it?
Thanks in advance.
 
Old 06-01-2003, 05:40 PM   #2
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please choose a more useful thread title for your next question. it should give a brief summary of the question. thanks
 
Old 06-01-2003, 05:52 PM   #3
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Breifly, create the partitions with an fdisk program. I prefer a Linux fdisk (cfdisk) since Windows fdisk doesn't create my primary and secondary partitions correctly.
You, of course, have already decided how many, and what type partitions you need. Primary for Win XP (NTFS?), a FAT32 partition for sharing files with Linux (?), a minimum of swap and root for Linux.
Format your partitions during install of each OS.
See if you have problems with your bootloader with your new install.
Good Luck.
 
Old 06-01-2003, 06:15 PM   #4
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Thank you for your help.
The problem is that I'm new to Linux, thus what you just said makes no sense to me whatsoever.
How do you create partitions, what's fdisk?
Thanks
 
Old 06-01-2003, 06:19 PM   #5
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My turn to ask a question. How did you get Red Hat and Windows 98 on your PC previously?
 
Old 06-01-2003, 06:25 PM   #6
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The thing is I got it second-hand.
And I would like to reformat everything and install new OSes so I can personalize it.
And thank you again
 
Old 06-01-2003, 06:30 PM   #7
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A couple more questions then, sorry.
Is your Windows XP install CD the retail version or OEM version?
Do you know your computer specs? Processor, RAM, hard drive size, types of video and sound cards?
If not, you can use something like the Belarc Advisor in Windows to find out.
That would be step one.
 
Old 06-02-2003, 09:54 PM   #8
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Are you getting your install figured out, millenco?
 
Old 06-02-2003, 10:07 PM   #9
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Quote:
Originally posted by millenco
How do you create partitions, what's fdisk?
Thanks
1. By using a partitioning tool such as fdisk
2. A tool used to partition the hard disk.

The Partitioning HOWTO will explain both in detail.

# Freeware partitioning software
Look for fips20 on your install CD
Ranish Partition Manager
Tom's Root and Boot Floppy has Linux fdisk
Proper Filesystem Layout
 
  


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