error in installing redhat linux
I m a newbie to linux. i have a 40 GB samsung harddrive. i have win 98 SE in my system with P2 processor. it is the only os. i was about to install RHL ES 4 to my system thru GUI:-
While creating the partition table, i got the following message:
"The partition table on /dev/hda is inconsistent. there are many reasons why this might be the case. often, the reason is that linux detected the BIOS geometry incorrectly. however, this doesnot appear to be the case here. it is safe to ignore, but ignoring may cause (fixable) problems with some boot loaders, and may cause problems with FAT file systems. using LBA is recommended."
And it gives 2 choices "ignore" or "cancel"
The next screen gives :-
"the partition table on \hda is unreadable. to create new partitions it must be initialised, causing the loss of ALL DATA on this drive. this operation will override any previous installation choices about which drives to ignore.
would u like to initialise this drive, erasing ALL DATA?"
Can someone help/explain about this? if i proceed with installation of linux, will i lose all data in win? how should i proceed?
i have not had any major issues with win & dont suspect any issues with harddrive.