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Now, I am currently dual booting Windows 2000 with Mandrake Linux 9.1. How would I updrade without dumping everything and still keeping my Windows as a dual boot? I am assuming I will not have to do partitioning because I already have Linux partitions setup from the previous 9.1 install. Please be kind enough to explain the steps to me. I would appreciate it. And I know I will have to backup.
I guess there wont be any Partitioning since already created Linux partitions during the 9.1 install...
Please explain the steps of the upgrade process. I know already on how to install Linux clean, but I never did an upgrade install from a current system running Windows/Linux. So, how can I upgrade to 10.1 without losing Windows or something?
After you've done your backup:
Boot your new Mandy 10.1 install CD. Follow through to partitioning as normal.
When you get to partitioning (and depending on how you have your partitions now) you can either delete all your Mandrake 9x partitions and then get Mandrake to install into the 'free space' that you just created, leaving the installer to sort out partitioning for you, or you can define your partitions yourself. If you already have your /home on a seperate partition, then you can leave this intact and just create a / partition for the install.
If you partition yourself, and you want to install the lot, then I'd give / at least 5Gb.
If you don't mess about with your Windows partition, then yes you'll still be able to dual boot - Lilo will pick up your Win partition and add it automatically. Your Windows will be left untouched.
If you want to resize your Win partition then you need to do a defrag (minimum) and probably a scandisk of your Windows partition prior to resizing it.
Personally I wouldn't choose the 'upgrade' option in the installer, but go for a full install from 9x to 10.1. You might run into some problems upgrading - 10.1 seems a bit flaky in this area.
Last edited by pongmaster; 03-19-2005 at 08:49 PM.
So, when I bootup from the new Mandrake 10.1 install CD, I will have to just delete the current Linux partitions that was from the 9.1 install when the Partitioning part comes up????
When I viewed my existing Linux partitions in Diskdrake, I noriced it had no delete button. Instead, I saw Undo, Unmount, and Clear All. Which one should I choose to only to delete the existing Linux partitions?
And I will be extra careful on not to remove the Windows partitions which is colored in blue.
So do i have to get rid of the "/" too? or, get rid of the "/root"?
Is "/" the same thing as "/root"?
So, during the install, which of these should I keep and what not to keep?
Or, should I just delete all of them and start from scratch when the partitioning part comes up? I think its just best to remove all of them (EXCEPT WINDOWS) and then start resizing them as new or from scratch. But please explain what Linux partitions and sizes I have to create for a basic fresh install. And please explain this so I could add this information on my Linux Install Notes. (So I will not have to ask again with my "hissy fit"}
But I cant see the DELETE button. I could only see Undo, Clear All, and Unmount in Diskdrake.
I think I need an outline of how am I going to do this. Can you post like an example of how am I going to combine these partitions? Because Im confused, your telling me before to keep the SWAP instead of the /SWAP and your mentioning to combine hda7 which is the /SWAP. And how do I combine the rest into one "/" partition?