When I originally built my system, I didn't plan to install Linux on it. I've recently been working with RH9 a ton, and am going to try and take it a step further by going with the "Only use windows when I really need to" approach.
Right now my system is running XP Pro, an install which I need to keep (it's running well, full of apps I use a ton and don't want to reinstall, work-related stuff, etc).
My partition table is a 20GB Fat32 Partition that is my XP/OS partition, and a 40GB partition that's basically just storage and apps that are easy to reinstall/relocate (office, visual studio, etc).
I'd like to keep my existing 20GB partition, kill the 40GB and split it half. 20GB would be my base Linux install, and the other 20 will be a partition that is storage for both Linux and RH9. I realize there are probably better distros out there - but RH9 is what I use at work and what I've been working with all along, and I'd like to stay with it.
So my question, finally.
I'm pretty sure I can use GRUB to handle the boot loader. Once I make my new partitions, I should just be able to install RH on one of them and let linux handle the boot. How do I go about setting up the other partition so that both OS's can use it?
I did a quick google and found a bit of info, but nothing really etched in stone.
- I'm assuming I should use Fat32 for the filesystem?
- Should I create the partition with XP or with Redhat?
- What's the best way to mount it?
It's a one-drive machine, so I *think* /dev/hda1/..something would be my mount string.
Any pointers really appreciated, and again as a newbie, I apologise if I'm asking the wrong questions or not giving enough info.
Thanks very much.