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Old 10-31-2003, 09:31 AM   #1
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RedHat 9.0 & WinXP, partition help please


My PC is setup with a 40gb C:\ drive which has WinXP installed on Primary, active partition as FAT32. I also have a secon 60 gb hard drive which is partitioned as three drives; D:\, E:\, and F:\. They are all Logical partitions, all FAT32.

I want to delete the D:\ partition, which is 20gb in size, and install RH 9.0 there. When I use Partition Magic 8.0 to create the partitions (ext3) RH whines at the graphical install screen that the partitons are wrong. Using PM I created a / (root) and /swap partition. Should I create a /boot partition as well? (I'm a reel nOOb so be gentle!

Which RH partition do I set as as Primary and Active or leave them all as Logical? Should I just delete D:\ altogether and let RH do the Partitioning?

Thanks so much for your help!
 
Old 10-31-2003, 10:02 AM   #2
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I personally would boot into windows and go to disk management and click on the drive you want to use for linux and delete everything that way and then start the install and linux should create the partitions for you.
 
Old 10-31-2003, 10:03 AM   #3
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Do not use PM to create linux partitions ext2/ext3/swap. I cannot say this enough times. RH installer has a very good tool fo that purpose. All you need PM for is to create one new partition which will be linux-space if you do not have one. then format it into FAT using PM then start RH installed and let it do its magic on that partition thats it.
 
Old 10-31-2003, 12:15 PM   #4
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Follow the above posters replies but what I found less painful is not format the partition at all, just leave it as blank space (empty). That way in RH9 install it will format and partition it for you.

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Old 10-31-2003, 12:18 PM   #5
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It would be best just to use PM or XP's diskmanager to delete any unused partitions back to free space. When the installer gets to partition drive choose install to free space.

linux doesn't care about which partition is set active or what kind of partition, primary or logical its installed to.

For complete installation documentation go to Redhats website.
 
Old 10-31-2003, 12:20 PM   #6
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thats an alternative too.
although it might be a good idea to format it just for the purpose of running through scandisk (as in: disk surface scan) on that partition (you can never be too carefull with badsectors).
 
Old 10-31-2003, 12:30 PM   #7
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No need to. If I remember correctly RH will check the newly created partition if you select the approiate checkbox.
 
Old 10-31-2003, 01:23 PM   #8
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Many, many Thanks

...to all who have replied. I will follow your suggestions this weekend, and, if I don't screw up, get these two OS's to work together!
 
Old 10-31-2003, 01:26 PM   #9
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Bye the way.......

....(now this is REALLY a nOOb question, but I'm stumped)...How do I get to a command prompt from within Gnome or KDE, please?

Thanks much....!
 
Old 10-31-2003, 01:40 PM   #10
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Re: Bye the way.......

Quote:
Originally posted by Ruffler
....(now this is REALLY a nOOb question, but I'm stumped)...How do I get to a command prompt from within Gnome or KDE, please?

Thanks much....!
Ctrl + Alt + F? (F? can be F1 till F6) , press F7 to return to KDE or GNOME.

Or you could start a console like Konsole in KDE.
 
  


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