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Old 10-06-2006, 02:56 PM   #1
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is this partition plan good for dual booting?

7Gb WinXP (ntfs), 7Gb Linux(ext3), 1Gb Linux Swap, 45Gb data(FAT32 or ntfs???)

I have dual booted desktops no problems before with Win98 and Win2k with Mandrake 9 on a desktop but never a laptop. It is fairly new Dell Inspiron 1300 with 60Gb. I never dual booted with XP before. I am planning on installing Mandriva 2005 on it soon. I know i have to use either fat32 or ntfs for the storage but which one is better, more reliable?
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generally that's ok, but note that you really shouldn't stuff linux inside a single partition (unless you're using LVM - and if you are i'd put swap inside that anyway). as for data sharing, always fat32. and why mandriva 2005?? 2007 came out this week, why install old software??
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You could even give more space to Linux and Windows and you can also have that FAT or NTFS parition change to EXT3. There is good utility for Windows which allow to read AND write ext2 and ext3 file system ->
It depends always on what you want to do with your system, as far as you know what you want to do, then you will manage to have a proper patition scheme for your needs.
Old 10-06-2006, 04:35 PM   #4
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I got mandriva 2005 about a year ago and never installed it before. I might see if I can get a copy of 2007 handy enough. So what partitions would you have for linux then? /, /home, /usr, and /var? I only ever used one partition and don't know how much to give each of them. Is is safe enough to have lots of partitions?


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