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no, i'm not asking for a comparison, i know everyone here loves linux....
anyway, i've XP setup but i left some space for linux (unpartitioned space that is). now i try to install linux. but when i chose autopartition it "Cannot allocate required partition". Do anyone have any idea of what's going on?
I have both windows xp and linux redhat 7.2 on my computer. they work fine. And you can choose whether between FAT32 or NTFS. I used partition magic 7 to make my windows partition smaller and then I used disk druid in the installation to create all the needed partitions for redhat. Piece of cake... Oh yes, I used a bootdisk because I didnt want to mess with MBR. Im still figuring out how to use LOADLIN. Its hard to learn all these new commands.
By the way, any of you guys play Counter-Strike? that game r0x!
btw, acid_kewpie, the default is fat32 (assuming i chose default, coz i dont remember...). the thing is that even if i try disk druid or fdisk, when i try to make the 3rd partition* the annoying msg pops up again - "Cannot allocate required partition"!!!
*i had dev/hda1, dev/hda2 and dev/hda5 for win XP, i.e. a C: and a D:
The only thing i used my partition magic for is to make my D: drive smaller. ( I also have C: for the OS and D: for my files) so you use disk druid to format the unallocated space, and you make your /boot your swap and / (root). Did I make it clearer now?
this is what you get after you make your D: smaller with pmagic
HD [ C: ][ D: ][unallocated space]
then boot with you linux cd and tell it to manually create the partitions with disk druid. do you partitions and click on next. thats all.
then youll have
[ C: ][ D: ][/boot][SWAP][/ ]
For those who are getting WinXP all mixed up, there are currently two versions, WinXP Home, and WinXP Pro. The home edition defaults to FAT32, the Pro edition to NTFS.
Ok, moving on, you should be able to run the RedHat 7.2 installer and install in the space you left remaining (assuming you left enough for linux). Don't worry about the MBR, the XP Recovery console can always reinstall that, so go to town with Redhat. Both LILO and GRUB can easily dual boot Windows versions, NTFS or FAT32, don't matter.
Don't worry about partition magic, Disk Druid should handle it. If it still won't partition for you, make it a simple fat or fat32 partition, and then re-partition it with disk druid (so it starts with a real partition, not just unpartitioned space. I've had issues relating to this and repartitioning systems that were running ReiserFS).
Well correct me if I'm wrong, you have a fairly new system you are using (at least for XP to be using it )...
The /boot should be in the beginning of the drive, but it doesn't have to be if you use LBA32 mode (which should let you go pretty far into the drive). But moving your partition might be easier, because I'm not sure how much you can reference with LBA32, especially if you're using a >30GB HD.
Partition magic would do it, and XP would still boot fine, choose your poison...