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Old 03-30-2004, 06:04 AM   #1
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Unhappy Argh partition problems!

I have a copy of Mandrake 9.2 on disc ready to go but when I tried to partition my hard disk using Casper it told me I couldn't.

I an currently running Windows XP on a 30gb laptop, that I bought at christmas. Does this make a difference? (the laptop and OS not the fact I bought it at xmas! )

This problem is is really bugging me cause I was so looking forward to Linux.

Old 03-30-2004, 06:49 AM   #2
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I have no idea what 'Casper' is. Couldn't it be just a problem of that software? I mean you did not install the Linux yet? What you need first is free space on your disk.

Here is what I did (same situation: Laptop, HDD full with XP and eager to install Linux) :

-deleted windows partition using fdisk from a normal DOS-bootdisk

-created new (but smaller) partition for XP (still fdisk), using the first 10GB

-installed XP on that partition (you probably cannot use the recovery CD from your notebook, as this might formats the disk again, but a normal installation CD will do it)

-installed SuSE on the free space (I guess you could do the same with Mandrake)

-installed grub for dual-boot in the MBR

Meanwhile I could afford to buy Partition Magic, which makes live a little easier, as you can resize the NTFS partition of XP, without deleting the data.

Good luck!
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The MDK installer includes a utility to resize NTFS partitions. No need to delete and reinstall XP.

Look at the documentation at Mandrake's website.
Old 03-30-2004, 09:43 AM   #4
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I installed (a long time ago) Mandrake 6.5 on a computer that had Windows 98 already on it. I did not have a recovery CD for my computer, so I didn't want to format or use FDISK.

Even back then, Mandrake included a version of Partition Magic so I was able to resize my Windows 98 partition and I didn't lose any data.

I now have Mandrake 9.2 (same computer), and although I used my existing partition, I assume it still has excellent partitioning software included.

First, run a thorough defrag on the XP system before you resize the partition, so nothing gets corrupted. (You should do this the night before).

HTH, and by the way, Mandrake is an excellent distro IMO.


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