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Old 01-18-2005, 11:30 PM   #1
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Linux Installation before Windows Installation

I'm currently installing Fedora Core 3 on my Laptop which used to have Windows XP. I have completely formatted XP b/c it was just getting too clogged and junk.
My original plan was to install XP and then Linux and setup a dual boot like I had done with my desktop.
However, there is a problem with my laptop's CDRW/DVD-R drive. It can read DVD-Rs but it can't read CD-ROMs. I have created a Fedora Core 3 Partition (to take up the entire avail space of the 40GB HD).
Now come in my questions.
I will install Windows later, how would I go about partitioning space for Windows under Fedora?

I understand that once Windows is installed it will overwrite the bootloader and I'll need to install grub and I'm comfortable with that (for now).

But is there an easy way to partition? I don't want to get rid of all of the settings and modifications I have made to Fedora. I just want to give Windows about 14 GB of space and downsize the Linux partition to 24 GB (total 38) & setup a dual-boot.

Will I need to format Linux's partition if I want to make a partition for NTFS to install XP on?

Anything related along those lines is greatly appreciated. Thanks.
Old 01-19-2005, 12:27 AM   #2
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parted has a resize subcommand. If you want to resize the root partition, you should boot the installation CD, since it is not safe to resize a partition while it is mounted. Also, after the partition has been resized, you should execute resize2fs to inform the file system of the new file system size. Finally, make sure you back up your data in case something goes wrong.


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