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Old 08-13-2002, 08:13 PM   #1
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Can I use partition magic to setup linux

I am getting a new computer and I want to setup both windows xp and linux on the same drive. I would rather not format the drive and then partition it that way. I was hoping to use partition magic to setup my linux parition, swap partition and the linux file systes.

I am using the mandrake linux package that I picked up a few years ago. When I first installed it on my old computer I was putting linux on a clean drive, hdb. Mandrake did all the partitioning and file systems automatically.

After I setup the partitions and file systems with partition magic how do I tell mandrake to use the partitions Ive already created.

Thanks for any help you can give.
Old 08-13-2002, 08:19 PM   #2
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You can just allocate free space (run disk defrag before doing so) and make a separate partition out if (a chank I assume, 'cause you'll need more space for win, right?), and then during linux installation choose to install linux on that partition.
Old 08-13-2002, 09:18 PM   #3
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Well, Which version of partition magic are you planning to use?
This is because, the XP's NTFS differs from the one used by Win2k.
Unless you have latest PM( v7 I guess), you can not partition an
NTFS drive that was *created* by and for XP.

Does your *new* computer come with preinstalled XP?

If you have latest PM then:
PM can easily devide your disk into multiple partitions. Use PM to
reduce XPs size, allocate some for Linux, and also for linux swap.
Then install Linux.
Old 08-13-2002, 10:10 PM   #4
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Last I remember I used Partition Magic 7.0 to do the partitioning in my new laptop. I think I used the boot disk that you can make under PT. It takes like two to boot the mini PT bootdisk system. But it works really well. My laptop came with XP Home pre-installed and had no problems at all.
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Laugh. Both XP & Linux come with partition tools. Your best bet would be trash the HD and let Mandrake> Expert> Disk Druid partition it. Leave space at the beginning for XP.

XP lets you specificially partition a HD in a very primitive DOS tool.
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Also PM *can* fsck up your partition tables. It doesn *not* care for strict partition handling. Guess that comes with these "user friendly" tools that won't let you see what they're doing. Luckily there's the excellent "testdisk" to un-fsck PM's b0rken functionality. Also it's best to let each OS handle it's own partitions with it's own tools *if you can*.
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If you use PM, make sure the Linux home filesystem is Ext2, PM doesn't understand any other linux filesystems.
Old 08-15-2002, 07:17 AM   #8
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As long as you allocate drive space for Linux there is not really a problem with it. You make sure that you have the windows (ntfs) partition for XP, the swap partition to be use by Linux, any other partition you might use in Linux (/boot, /home ...) and of course the rest could probably br for / . It doesn't really matter formatting your Linux partitions rigth now with PM since that you are gonna be formatting them later when you get to install Linux. As far as Im concerned, you can even let them as free space and later do the partitioning with the Linux installer.
I only use Partition Magic when I have to divide my hard disk into several partitions, and I don't wan't to loose any data. Ohter than that either use fdisk or whatever comes with the Linux Instaler.
Old 08-15-2002, 10:28 AM   #9
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Use PM to shrink your win partition and use diskdrake to create your linux partitions from the free space.


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