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shaun89 07-29-2004 12:38 AM

Linux and Windows on different partitions?
Hey everyone,

I'm using XP Home right now and i just wanna install linux to try something new and fiddle with it. I have an 80gig HD split into 2 partitions. C:, and D:. XP is installed on C: and extra files are stored on D:. Can i boot from the linux CD (College Linux) and select what partition to install linux on? And will it effect my XP installation or any files on C:? I don;t think it will but jsut double checkin before i screw up somehting

Thanks in advance:)

amosf 07-29-2004 12:46 AM

Linux requires it's own partition... To install linux the installation woul d have to resize your D: drive and make new space to install linux in. It needs it's own filesystem, etc. Try and read up some installation guides on the net to get the idea. If done correctly it will eave all your files alone and make a dual boot boot menu to select at boot up. I don't know that distro specifically tho, so these are general guides.

misterflibble 07-29-2004 12:46 AM

Linux is going to require a partition (probably several) of its own, with a filesystem that's not one of the usual Windows filesystems (like NTFS or FAT32) that you already have installed. The way I see it you have a couple of options. You could move all your files from D: to C: and then remove D:. Linux would then be able to use the free space to create its own partitions. Or you could try to resize D: to make it smaller and then let Linux have the free space. Some distributions of Linux (like Mandrake Linux) can handle this resizing themselves if you defragment the drives first.

shaun89 07-29-2004 12:57 AM

So i cant just put the CD during start up and install it like you would using xp on an empty drive?

amosf 07-29-2004 01:04 AM

Don't know what features the college linux has. With mandrake linux, for example, you would just boot from the cd and go through the install, and resize the partitions there...

maybe someone else knows this distro better.

misterflibble 07-29-2004 01:09 AM

If you have a completely empty drive (which I assume you mean a partition), yes you can, but it will have to be deleted and replaced with other Linux drives during install. Check the CollegeLinux install guide for Windows ( users for the partitioning info since it doesn't use the most user-friendly system to do this. Essentially if you have your main Windows drive (/dev/hda1 in Linux terms) and your D: drive (/dev/hda2) you'd want to remove /dev/hda2 (if that is in fact what you want to do!). Then follow the CollegeLinux directions to add two new partitions /dev/hda2 (the main Linux filesystem) and /dev/hda3 (the swap partition). I'd really recommend you back stuff up in case something goes wrong, since partitioning mistakes can make you lose everything.

shaun89 07-29-2004 01:12 AM

Um holy crap. I don;t understand any of that. I'll wait till i get my laptop so i can fool around with this computer. Just so i don't screw up something and be without a computer. Thanks people!!

Really fast replys btw...

amosf 07-29-2004 01:20 AM

Yes, definately do NOT rush into this. Make sure you learn a bit about it before jumping in. You will be installing an aditional, complete and somewhat alien OS onto your PC, while leaving XP in place hopefully, so it's kind of a major thing. Read up on the link provided and hopefully some us us will be around here to help where possible... cheers.

Back in the old days you could install small linux distros onto a D: drive or whatever, but you don't see them these days much. If you want to play safe during the learning process, get a bootable CD linux like knoppix to try. (check PC magazine covers and stuff)

shaun89 07-29-2004 02:59 AM

Ok thanks everyone! :) :) :) :) :) :) :)

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