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Old 05-16-2007, 12:50 PM   #1
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Smile Fedora Core 6 with Windows Xp Pro

I currently have a windows xp running on partioned HD, There are three partitions, 40gb,40gb, amd 100. On C drive i have Win Xp Pro Running, and on drive D i would like to run fedora core 6. WHen i am installing Fedora core, i understand that you need to format the Drive to ext3, but which one do i format; here is the listing i get.

/dev/sda1 ntfs 45002(i think)
^ /dev/sda2 extended
/dev/sda5 ntfs 45002(i think)
/dev/sda6 ntfs 100200(i think)
free free space

------Should i install it on /dev/sda5?

ALSO, is there something i should check if i am going to make this a dual boot? or should i just continue with preset settings. I am a bit new to Linux. I have used Suse before, but i was running that in a emulation software. Thanks guys!!!!
Old 05-16-2007, 01:21 PM   #2
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What do you mean by "drive D"? Is that another physical drive or a partition you created in Windows that shows up as Local Disk D? If it's another physical drive and SCSI, then the device would be /dev/sdb. /dev/sda is the first physical drive. The numbers indicate partition number on that drive. If you only have one physical drive, Windows is on the first partition, then the next open partition you can install Linux.

When you install Fedora, it should detect the Windows partition and ask you if you want to add it to the GRUB boot menu.

NOTE: Unless you really know what your doing, I would highly suggest you make a backup of your Windows important stuff before you install/dual boot. If you have a second physical drive, then that is the best place to install Linux when dual booting.
Old 05-16-2007, 01:26 PM   #3
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I assume that your C drive is /dev/sda1 ntfs 45002 if that is true then I assume your D drive is the other 40GB partition if that is the case then the partition to format would be /dev/sda5 ntfs 45002

keep in mind that if you have not backed up any data that is on that partition it WILL BE LOST
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The drive is only one hd, but partitioned into 3 parts. Grub boot menu? will it be preset, or is that something i will have to check? THanks again guys! you have been really informative.
Old 05-16-2007, 06:47 PM   #5
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Grub boot menu?
From the Fedora Core 6 Installation Guide

11.2. Booting Additional Operating Systems


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