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Old 02-19-2006, 07:12 PM   #1
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Help on Installation / Partitioning

Hi, I'm new to linux (obviously), and need some help on paritioning before my 1st install. I currently am running windows xp sp1 (don't ask me why i haven't upgraded). I partitioned my laptop HD into 3 NTFS partitions, with the intention of being able to dual-boot. I already installed windows xp professional a while ago, and have just recently got around to linux. I am trying to follow a guide in a book, but it assumes that a fresh install on a fresh HD is taking place. So my question is the following: Is it possible to retain (2) of my windows NTFS partitions intact, and merely delete the third partition? I really don't want to have to delete any more than 1 partition, the one that doesn't have Windows Xp already on it. Any help/step-by-step retard-helper diagrams are appreciated. Thanks :-) . Also, how to go about deleting the 3rd parition in the Linux install menu. p.s. I am trying to install red hat 7.
Old 02-19-2006, 08:14 PM   #2
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This link explains everything about using diskdrake, the utility that you will use to delete, create, or resize partitions during Mandriva installation.

So, you can shrink partitions with that to make room for creating new partitions for linux or delete, your choice, should be clearer as to what "you" want after reading the above link I think.

Edit: Ok, I have the attention span of a worm at the moment. Thought I was still in the Mandriva forum, now I notice I am not and you are installing red hat. I have no idea as to what they include for a partitioning tool, so with my tail between my legs I am going to pack it in and go to bed.

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Old 02-19-2006, 08:33 PM   #3
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Redhat has a graphical partitioning tool as part of the installer. You should be able to install Linux on the third partition with no problem. Try Here
for instructions.

At a minimum, you will need to delete on NTFS partition, and then make a Swap partition (2x your RAM) and make the rest ext3 for the root partition. Linux will install a boot loader, that will allow you to boot either Windows of Linux.

However, Redhat 7 is now ancient history - it is about 4 or 5 years old. I Strongly recommend getting a newer version of Linux, such as Fedora Core 4, or you could try Ubuntu which is better for newbies.

I hope this helps

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