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Old 09-22-2004, 03:32 PM   #1
emilryge
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Yet another dual boot question


Here is the deal. I'm installing Linux on my laptop, but will dual boot with Win until I'm sure that I can configure everything right in Linux. I've read a bunch of threads, but I'm still slightly confused.

Here's the plan (and then the questions)

1. partition: around 6 gig for Windows
2. Partition: 20 gig FAT partition to share data between win and linux
3. Partition: Swap - 300 megs
4. Main linux partition, around 14 megs

The questions.

- Does this make any sense?
- I assume that I need the win partition as the first partition?
- I also read that if should be fat32?
- Would I use the windows bootloader with this set up, or should I use LILO?
- What goes in the MBR?
- Does it matter if I install win 2k or xp?
- Also, I guess I should split the 4th linux partition into more partitions?
- I'm installing Slackware 10, if thats of any importance.

Any comments or alternative suggestions are much appreciated.

- Emil

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Old 09-22-2004, 03:43 PM   #2
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1. partition: around 6 gig for Windows
Sounds OK

2. Partition: 20 gig FAT partition to share data between win and linux
Yep - if you have 20 gigs worth of data, it's fine

3. Partition: Swap - 300 megs
It used to be that swap should be about twice your physical memory. Now 256/512 is standard, you can don't need a huge swap partition

4. Main linux partition, around 14 megs
You have absolutely no chance of putting Linux on this. 14mb???? That is far too small.


- Does this make any sense?
Apart from point 4
- I assume that I need the win partition as the first partition?
That is a good assumption. Windows like to be first on the disk

- I also read that if should be fat32?
FAT32 is good for sharing - both Windows and Linux can read and write to it with no problems

- Would I use the windows bootloader with this set up, or should I use LILO?
LILO is a good bootloader and will see Windows and Linux

- What goes in the MBR?
LILO or whatever bootloader you install

- Does it matter if I install win 2k or xp?
Not really, whichever you prefer

- Also, I guess I should split the 4th linux partition into more partitions?
I have /boot, / and swap - /boot and swap are relatively small - I think both take up about 350mb. Some people just have / and swap

- I'm installing Slackware 10, if thats of any importance.
When configuring LILO, go for the expert install or else it won't see the Windows partition. Slack is an excellent distro. I'd suggest, if you are new to Linux, that you also do some reading - check the links in my sig block.

As an addition, I'd say put aside about 6Gb for Linux and have a slightly smaller shared partition.

Good Luck
 
Old 09-22-2004, 03:52 PM   #3
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emilryge; have mdk installed behind w98. with its own boot. have not had problems with that setup. I`m chicken so didn,t want to boot w with in linux or vice-averse. am happy. it is just subjective. i,ve used w,s bootldr by its self, lilo with mdk , mdr indicates which os boots 1st & 2nd; ur choice on w,s os;
depending whether u may want to add other apps to them - providing enough space on hddr to allow slackware enough space to operate( space hog).
u didnt mention hdd size on ur own?
 
Old 09-22-2004, 03:54 PM   #4
emilryge
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Thanks for your quick reply!

Quote:
4. Main linux partition, around 14 megs
Ups... this should have said 14 gigs... by bad. It's getting late in this part of the planet. The disk is 40 gigs so it should add up.

I just have a couple of other questions.

- Will LILO be able to read NTFS or should the win partition be fat32?
- I am somewhat comftable with LILO, but would there be any reasons to look into GRUB?

I have played around with slack before, so I'm pretty used to it, I just have'nt tried it in a dual boot enviroment. Hence all the basic questions.

Again, thanks for the help,

- Emil

Last edited by emilryge; 09-22-2004 at 03:58 PM.
 
Old 09-22-2004, 03:58 PM   #5
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LILO will have no problems at all seeing Windows -whether it is NTFS or FAT. As I said, just make sure you use the "expert" configuration for the LILO setup, you get the opportunity to select your Windows partition - the "simple" option doesn't do it.

I use LILO, I would say only use GRUB if that's your preference.

And 40 Gig is plenty.
 
Old 09-22-2004, 04:09 PM   #6
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Once again, both of you thanks for your help. I'll dive in, head first. Hope to see you again.

- Emil
 
  


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