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Old 08-21-2003, 11:35 AM   #1
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utilizing fips for dual-boot hdd format.

good day
and this is likely a repeat question, but have found nothing in browsing forum. . .
i must build a boot-disk for fips format, as ive a winME system (of course, monopolizing my 20gb hdd), and want to create one partition (primary, active) for winME, one partition (also active) for redhat 8.0, then build swap (active?), and finally a shared partition for shared cross-OS files. . . ideally, i suppose hdd partitions wld run five gb, five gb, 200Mb (swap), and remainder as shared partition. . .

how do i determine mount points, config the MBR, etc., and is there a website for this info. . .
really frustrated with these illogical, anti-intuitive process. . .
and everyone deters use of fdisk, while suggesting fips is stronger/more accessible than disk druid. . . any opinions/ help herein appreciated. . .

thanks. . .
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fips is a DOS application that resizes existing FAT32 partitions. You could also use Partition Magic or a linux app called parted. fdisk is a command line and Diskdruid is a graphical app for creating partitions.

You can have only one active partition and that needs to be the WinMe (i.e. c: drive).

You can create the shared data partition and then let Redhat auto partition the remaining free space. The default basic is a /boot, / (root) and a swap partition.

See the installation documentation at Redhats website for additional info.

Redhat's default bootloader is grub which will configure to boot linux and WinME.


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