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Old 07-06-2001, 11:13 AM   #1
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How big should partitions be?

I want to run a dual-boot system with RedHat 7.1 and Windows 98. I have a 13GB hard drive, and want to know what the best way to format it would be. I want to leave the most empty space in the Windows partition, but I'd like about 750MB free on the Linux partition.

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13Gb! That's plenty of space. Ok, first do the Window$ install without partitioning the drive. Load all software for windows that you know you want on it and make sure it's working properly (if you get a bluescreen after 4 hours it's working -hehe) Once you have Wind w$ installed and running you're ready to install RedHat 7.1
Insert RedHat7.1 CD and reboot the box. Follow prompts to install...and when you get to choose Disk Druid or Fdisk, choose Disk Druid (easier for newbies). Now the RedHat version of Fdisk/Disk Druid knows about Window$ partitions and can partition a disk without blowing away the Windows partition, it just moves it to the front of the disk and then slices it's own partitions as you defined them. So, a 13Gb drive: give window$ 7Gb. That will leave Redhat with 6Gb and that's plenty.
I have a box with a 6Gb harddrive and it's partitioned like this:
/ = 500M
/boot = 250M
/home = 695M
/opt = 695M
/user = 1.8Gb #system files go here that's why
/usr/local = 926M
/var = 841M

and my swap is 2x Ram, so if you have 128M RAM, then make swap 256M.

Just make sure you load windows first and then partition using Disk Druid. If you have any questions or problems you can post here and I'll get an e-mail advising me to read it. Hope this helps. Also check a great resource for most anything computer related.

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Old 07-06-2001, 03:14 PM   #3
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I would say, if you have 13 Gigs and are sharing a dual boot on it, and you want to install Linux with maybe a full install of Redhat 7.1 and have about 750 megs leftover of free space for Linux, I would say you should allocate probably about 2 Gigs or a little more and that should do it.
Old 07-09-2001, 01:16 PM   #4
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Trickykid is correct, 2Gb for a full Redhat 7.1 install is about right. But, 1) why let Windows have all that space just so it can spawn (I HATE WINDOWS), and 2) If you give more room to Linux, you'll be able to install all those cool apps that come out ALL THE TIME and try them out or improve on them.


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