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Old 03-16-2004, 02:06 AM   #1
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Setting Partitions


So I want to triple (possibly quadruple boot) different linux dists to test and decide on one.

So how do I set it up so I have a windows partition and can choose which os to boot into?

Current paritions:
Save to Disk - 274.5mb - primary
FAT32 - 18,000 - primary

so what do i have to change/add to lets say add two linux partitions as well as a boot/switch partition and whatever?
 
Old 03-16-2004, 03:45 AM   #2
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Use fdisk or cfdisk to create the partitions (cfdisk is easier) edit your /etc/lilo.conf file and run lilo (if your using lilo that is)
 
Old 03-16-2004, 08:21 PM   #3
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but i mean the settings and such for the partitions, and do i need a boot partition or whatever?
 
Old 03-16-2004, 09:23 PM   #4
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You will need to have windows installed first or at least a small partition at the start of the harddrive for ntldr if your using win2k(not sure about xp). You dont need a boot partition for linux, you can install your bootloader into the master boot record. You'll need a swap partition for your linux distros but you can share that between all the distros so you only need one swap partition. Then you need your actual linux partitions you can use one partition for each linux distro or you can use multiple partitions. For example i have a partition for / a partition for /usr/local and a partition for /home.
Hope this helps
 
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All distros can share a swap partition. Create an extended partition to put logical ones in so you don't bump into the 4 primary partition limit. See the Partition-HOWTO @ www.tldp.org
 
  


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