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Old 11-05-2002, 02:30 PM   #1
jclare
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dual boot on a large drive


Hello all. I heard that you cannot install linux on a partition after 7 or 8 gigibytes. I am getting a laptop with XP and a 40 gig hard drive and would like to repartition it so XP(ntfs) takes up the first 15 gigs, a fat32 partition goes from 15 to 20(for data sharing); which will leave 20 gigs for my linux installation. Can I set my machine up like this?

from xp's standpoint:
c: 15 gigs(ntfs)
d: 5 gigs(fat32)
e: 20 gigs (unknown(linux ex3))
 
Old 11-05-2002, 02:54 PM   #2
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I heard that you cannot install linux on a partition after 7 or 8 gigibytes.
1) Where did you hear that?

2) Test that theory. Just install and see what happens.
 
Old 11-05-2002, 06:07 PM   #3
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Re: dual boot on a large drive

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I heard that you cannot install linux on a partition after 7 or 8 gigibytes.
Old problem... long since been sorted! With old versions of Lilo you had to have the kernel image (and hence the bootable partition) below the 1024th cylinder, which happily co-incided with the 8Gb boundry... ish. This has long since been rectified, and unless you're going to be installing an old distro, you shouldn't have any problems with your proposed setup.

Good luck.
 
Old 11-05-2002, 08:41 PM   #4
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Some advice from personal experience.

Each distro has it's own idea of how it wishes to be installed. On my system (win98,Suse 8.0 reiserfs, RedHat 7.3 ext3) SuSE wanted to be installed on the last partition regardless of current file system type, while RedHat wanted a non formated partition, an existing linux partition, or else it wanted to wipe out all existing partitions.

I would suggest deciding on a distro and starting the install to see what that distro wants to do before setting up your hard drive entirely. In the case of RedHat above that would mean leaving the last partition unformatted. (or formatted as linux)

It's not a big deal, but it might save you some time :-)

Good Luck
 
Old 11-05-2002, 09:18 PM   #5
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thanks

Thanks all.
 
Old 11-07-2002, 11:52 AM   #6
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i run lilo with -L if not the bootloader will have problem load on my 80gb hda.
 
  


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