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Old 07-18-2002, 04:34 PM   #16
colombo3
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Neo,
I appreciate the suggestion, but yeah, you did kinda loose me

Jetblackz,
Your partitioning idea was more what I had in mind for now. Since this will also be my first foray into partitioning, I'd like to keep it fairly simple. Although finding stuff won't be too much of a problem. That's what Post Its are for

Now, that unformatted partition for Linux CAN be on an extended partition, correct? Then I can just put my other windows stuff (photos, music, etc) on the logicals that follow? But my question then is, when Linux partitons itself, will it "bump" the other partion drive letters? Haven't had time today to install PM, but running Fdisk it looks like XP put itself on an extended partition? Have to get around to calling PM tech support , because manual say it supports up to 80Gb HDs. Won't do me much good that way!

Finegan,
Thanks. I keep forgetting the math works out like that. It's just funny that when you think you're getting a full 160 GB that you end up "losing" so much space that what was once thought of as a huge hard drive!

Taz,
For what I do with computers, this was sort of like building a Drag racer to go to church on Sundays! But I figured that for the $1200 I spent on my last 4 computers over the last 15 years or so (it's funny how the prices stayed relatively the same), I would see this time what I could get for that amount if I finally built one myself. Especially after I finally decided to really check out what my last one had in it (a PC Chips mobo!!) and found out it was pretty much garbage. I was hoping that if I got higher-end components this time, maybe I'd be able to go 4 years before having to buy (build) a new one. It took about 5 months to amass the parts, because I checked out everyone's sales and even used rebates when possible, got a scanner and web cam for free that way, and one of the HDs only cost $25 . I haven't added it all up yet, but I have the sneaking feeling I'm a wee bit over budget

-Eve
 
Old 07-18-2002, 06:24 PM   #17
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Wow...You know, if more people did their homework like you did, there'd be a few more happy people out there. I buy high end name brand parts so to speak myself and on the average, they do last longer. I go about 2 years in between computers, but i could go longer. Even if you're over budget a (hair? ) you're better off.
 
Old 07-18-2002, 06:56 PM   #18
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colombo3, actually, I tried to make it as simple as possible. I do fiddle with my hda a lot with PM. Mostly to experiment with Linux distros. Right now I'm very happy with ASP-Linux. It's been there for months. Just upgraded kernel for the first time. Went well. Gimme a shout if you want a tip.

"Now, that unformatted partition for Linux CAN be on an extended partition, correct?" - Yup, get the latest distros.

"Then I can just put my other windows stuff (photos, music, etc) on the logicals that follow?" - You got it.

"But my question then is, when Linux partitons itself, will it "bump" the other partion drive letters?" LOL. Hell no. I'm not aware of any Windows that recognizes Linux w/o add-ons.

"Haven't had time today to install PM, but running Fdisk it looks like XP put itself on an extended partition?" When you install XP, you have the option to decide where and what file system to install.

"Have to get around to calling PM tech support , because manual say it supports up to 80Gb HDs." - Nah, I think it can support 160gig. Maybe check out their download page. 7.0 Pro should be fine.

taz.devil, precisely.
 
Old 07-19-2002, 09:33 PM   #19
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Jetblackz (and all),
Thanks for all of the answers! Unfortunately, I have to have a real life for the next few days <grin>, so I probably won't get around to the install until Tuesday. I'm sure you'll be hearing from me again. Have a great weekend!
-Eve
 
Old 07-25-2002, 04:48 PM   #20
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What I do for my data files is store all of them on one partition (I call mine /data). Within that partition you can use subdirectories to split up your stuff pictures, documents etc.... Make it a fat32 partition and any operating system that you have will be able to read it. An advantage of this over separate partitions for each type of data is that you don't have to mount nearly as many partitions, and there's only unused space in 1 partition instead of 3 (or however many you were thinking)
 
Old 07-25-2002, 05:46 PM   #21
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JH,
That actually sounds like a good idea, at least for now. Just getting familiar with partitioning, and partitioned my drive for Win98 and XP and a few extra partitions for programs, photos and such. Would be a very good idea to limit Linux's partitons until I get more familiar with it. Thanks!
 
  


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