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Linux must be installed on partitions separate from all other operating systems. In Windows, each partition is given a drive letter. In Linux, all of the partitions on the first drive start with hda, and are numbered hda1, hda2, and so forth. The partitions on the second hard drive all start with hdb. There are two Linux partitions needed, the native partition, and the swap partition. The native partition should be at least one gigabyte in size. If you choose to install absolutely everything, then the native partition will need at least three gigabytes. The swap partition should be about twice the size of your RAM.
There are many ways to create the necessary space for Linux, but I will cover only the simplest. You will need clear out enough space in an existing partition so that it can be shrunk enough to make room for both Linux partitions. This may mean deleting files and/or moving files from one drive to another. Disk Cleanup can help you to choose the files to remove. When done, note how much space you need for your files on the drive. Please note that NTFS file systems cannot be shrunk by Linux tools, so please select a drive that is either FAT or FAT32. If you happen to have left some empty space on a hard disk, partition and format it now, before installing Linux. You should not use Windows/DOS tools to partition the Linux disk after Linux is installed--it can really screw things up.
Ok, well i took the extra hard drive out of my old compaq, (4gb) and it has fat32 on it. I formatted it so there was nothing on it and tried to boot from the linux cd and still received the same error. So i was thinking that maybe i should disable my raid integrated chipset in the BIOS, the only thing is that i dont want to loose the ATA133 i get on my 60GB maxtor by putting it on the regular IDE port. So if I do get this to eventually install, can i put my XP drive on the raid config, then have my secondary hard drive with Linux on it, on a regular IDE port and still boot into either one?? Sorry if this makes no sense but im always bad at explaining myself
linux will not run on FAT32... formatting a FAT32 partition is nothing more then erasing all data. the partition is still FAT32 though. I would suggest this... fdisk the drive in dos and leave a few gigs unpartitioned.. then insert the install and add the RAID params on the bootprompt