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Old 10-31-2004, 07:22 PM   #1
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Cool Disk partition for Linux Install

I am planning to install Red Hat Linux 3 on my old system as dual boot. Currently it has Windows Xp installed. The first primary drive is 10Gb, out of which approx 8GB is used as C: for Windows XP. Now I want to install Linux. How Do I partition it, so that Windows XP partition also remains. I also have a secondary drive of 40GB. Can Linux be installed on second drive or Linux MBR should also reside on first drive.

I have partition magic. So any solution with partition magic can be used.

I will appreciate any help.

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resizing existing partitions is a risky endeavor from what i understand, when dealing with windows.

you certainly can install linux on your second hard drive, with the boot loader residing on your boot hard disk
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I've had good experiences with both PQ Magic
and ntfsresize/parted in making room for Linux
on pre-installed machines. The first HDD seems
a bit small to be shared, with re-partitioning the
second there shouldn't be too many problems
doing so. As far as lilo (or grub) in the MBR goes,
that doesn't require a separate partition on the
first hdd, it's just the first 512 bytes of the disk.

Old 10-31-2004, 08:05 PM   #4
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Thanks for your reply. That is a good suggestion to install Linux on second HD with MBR on first drive. But How do I do that. When I try to install Linux, then it asks to repartition first drive which will wipe out my whole XP installation. Can you help me by pointing to step by step process or some link to a document which describes the process.

Old 11-01-2004, 04:38 AM   #5
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use partition magic

I've never used anything but partition magic. I am really happy with how it works for me. It is very simple to use.

I'll try to give you a breveted idea of what I do when I use it, and you can try to follow that.

- when you first boot up from the partition magic cd, you will see one partition listed on the screen (your windows NTFS partition). To the left side of the screen, you will see an area with a diagram of your hardrive and some commands that you can click on
-click on the one that says something like partition/resize the harddrive. (don't worry about making mistakes, nothing will happen to your hardrive until you press the checkered flag icon(commit changes) somewhere among the commands at the top of the screen.
- You will be asked if you want to partition free space on your harddrive or existing space from another partition
- choose existing space from another partition. It will list your NTFS partition. Check the box beside it and continue.
- can then choose the amount of space you will draw from the partition. Type the amount of space you want have.
- You will be asked to choose whether it will be a primary, secondary, or logical partition. choose one
- next it will ask you what type of partition you want to create...FAT32, Reiserfs, Ext3, etc.etc.
- pick the one that you want
- then, depending on which partition you choose to make, you may or may not be asked to name the partition (It is irrelevant what you choose to name the partitions, but since you are new, I would recommend naming them something like "Linux Boot, Linux Root, Linux Swap".
- Once you've gone through those steps, you will be returned to the original partition magic screen. Your new partition(s) will be listed along with the NTFS. your resized partitions will be shown reflecting the sizes that you have given them
- once you've partitoned your hardrive in a way that you like, look for the icon of the flag at the top of the screen. Press it to commit your changes.

I assume you are installing linux, here is a basic partition scheme that you could follow, if you don't have one of your own.

set aside 50 mb. Make it a Primary partition. Assign it with an Ext3 filesystem.
That will be the partiton will you will store your boot information (/boot)
set aside 550 mb. Make it a logical partition. Assign it with a Swap filesystem
I'm still new myself, but I believe that this is used temporary free space for your system in case it is tasked to use all of the rest of its spatial resources for something (I really am not sure, but I know its needed.)
Finally, set aside however much space you would like to have for the main part of your linux partiton.
make it a primary partition. Assign it with a Reiserfs filesystem (or ext3 if it makes you happy, but you will get noticeably better performance with reiserfs)

that should really work pretty well. If you would, tell us what distro you plan on installing.
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Installation Successful

Hi All,

Thanks for helping me out, I have successfully installed the RedHat Enterprise AS 3 on the machine, by using the second Hard drive as a target drive. I did not touch first drive. Your pointers helped me installation of Linux.

Now I face some other problem. On this machine, I have a Belkin USB wireless adapter installed. I am not able to make this Linux connect to internet using this wireless adapter. I am not sure what I need to do or Do i need to create seperate thread of this problem.

Thanks all for your help.


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