Originally posted by Underworld
i got partition majic, made partitions, got to the red hat installer it kept saying "the thingy must have a / to install on"
i got pissed off and gave up.
Ah, don't do that.
What it's complaining about is that you need to select a partition during the RH installation that it can use for "/". This will be the partition that you created for linux.
1) Start with a blank disk.
2) Install Windows (optional
3) Use Partition Magic to resize your Windows partition to the 100 Gig that you wanted.
4) Use partition Magic to create a small swap partition (mandatory) for linux. I would recommend 512 Meg.
5) Use Partition Magic to create a partition for linux (this is of a different partition type than the swap, and will show up in a different color than the linux in Partition Magic).
6) Optional: Use Partition Magic to create a smaller (2 - 4 Gig linux partition that you can use for storing stuff between installs (you don't want to keep your linux stuff on the Windows partition since it messes up the permissions of your files, and if you leave it in your "/" partition, then you will lose it during the next install).
7) Optional: Have Partition Magic convert your Windows NTFS partition to Fat32 (that's what I did with mine). Now you can admin Windows the intelligent way.
Before you proceed any further, write down the sizes of each partition that you now have created on your drive. In the order that you created them. I don't expect you to know about the way linux labels partitions, yet, but you will have to make sure that you are installing linux on the partition that you intended or risk overwriting your Windows stuff.
While you are at it, create a Windows rescue disk complete with FDISK.EXE. You have been warned.
Okay, reboot with your RH CD in the cup holder.
In the Redhat installation (I am a SuSE guy, so this won't be too specific), pick expert installation or whatever it takes to have the installation allow you to select your own partitions (rather than having RH pick them for you).
In this screen, note the massive 100 Gig partition the says either "NTFS" or "FAT32"? Avoid this one.
See the itty-bitty 512 Meg partition? Make this your swap partition.
See the larger of the two linux partitions? Make this "/"
See the smaller of the two? Tell RH that you want the mount point for this partition set as "Extra" (I like to use a leading capital letter to signify that this is an external partition and not just a directory off of "/").
Tell RH that you want your Windows partition mounted as "WinC" (you probably won't need to do this, it should be automatic).
Should it all go to tears and you decide that I have the uncanny ability to smoke crack and type at the same time, boot your Windows rescue disk and run “FDISK.EXE /MBR” from the command line. This will restore the original MBR (Master Boot Record) to your hard drive allowing you to enter Windows and then use Partition Magic to restore your drive back to the way that it was.