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Old 03-16-2004, 10:19 PM   #1
Ulaire Smiley
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Adding Linux to computer

I currently have WinXP on my computer but would like to add Linux to it. I don't, however, have another good hard drive to put it on, except for the 40GB hard drive currently running WinXP. I would like to be able to split the hard drive 50/50 WinXP/Linux and be able to easily share files between the two partitions. I wouldn't mind using Knoppix (and I have tried this), but Knoppix keeps either locking up or else being unable to write to the hard drive (probably because of the ntfs file format). Any of these options are fine with me, so can as many of these as possible be answered?

1) Is there a way for me to install Knoppix onto my hard drive without repartitioning/reformatting it, and if so how?
2) Can I repartition the hard drive without losing any of the current data to 20 GB/20 GB and put RH9 on the new partition and how? Will PartitionMagic do this?
3) Is there another way to get Windows and Linux on the same computer?
4) if none of the above are possible without repartitioning and reformatting, can someone recommend a good way to back up ALL my stuff (i do have a cd-rw drive), including stuff such as my emails from outlook express, my normal files, and other stuff?

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Old 03-16-2004, 10:34 PM   #2
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2) Yes, PartitionMagic can resize partitions. Then you can have some reserved for Linux and some for Windows.
3) 2 Harddisks, CygWin (google for it)

Just a note: Writing support for NTFS is experimental (as far as I know) but reading support is near perfect. Writing and reading to FAT32 is perfect.
Old 03-17-2004, 12:21 AM   #3
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BootIt is a very good partition manager that's free.
Old 03-17-2004, 04:43 AM   #4
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Don't have much advise on linux accept to say, I would be very cautious when it comes to re-partitioning a partition that already contains a windows OS. I have known many people (including myself) who have tried this with very disapointing and frustrating results. Windows is very greedy when it comes to its partition space and tends to lash back when you try to steal from it. If it where me, I would backup, format, and then re-partition. A pain in the a** i know, but far less risky. This is only my opinion however, do with it what you will.

As for sugestions on how to backup, I personly use my laptop to back up the files on my desktop and vise-versa. I relize, however, not evryone is fortunate enough to own both, but perhaps you know someone willing to loan you one for a few days. If no other option exists, cut back to only the absolulte esential, irreplaceable files and back up to cd-r's. This will probably require alot of cd's.

(P.S. You should always back up anyway before ever atempting a format or partition of any sort, or risk the unthinkable!)

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