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Old 08-18-2003, 07:42 AM   #1
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hi I am running Windows 2000 Professional with P3 1000 MHZ, and 40 Gb WD HDD and 20 WD HDD.

Question1: What is the best solution to installing Red Hat and still keeping Windows 2000 Professioanl in the option like multiboot option where you can choose a OS in the boot mode?

Question2: I have files in both HDDs, what should I do?

Question3: Should I worry about the files and Windows 2k Pro when I decided to install Red Hat?
Old 08-18-2003, 08:31 AM   #2
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one of your partitions should be allocated to redhat which will create a linux filesystem like ext2 or ext3 which will destroy ur data. move your data to one partition and let the other be free if you dont have unallocated disk space.

if the partition size is big you can temporarily move data and delete and create partitions to match your disk space

ntfs is not supported by default on redhat. download the kernel patch from if you want to read files from the windows partition in linux. note that its read only and in test stage
Old 08-18-2003, 08:47 AM   #3
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Personally I'd start afresh and do it like this:

Install Win 2k First on your 40 g drive on the Primary master channel creating 2 partitions:

1st partition - NTFS - for the main Win 2k install
2nd partition - FAT32 - to be used as a shared data partition -

(Both OS's can read/write to/from a FAT32 partition)

Install Red Hat Second on your 20 g drive on the Primary Slave channel.

If you do it like this, your primary slave drive will be known as


so install Red Hat on /dev/hdb

Let Red Hat partition the free space automatically on the second hard drive and install either LILO or GRUB to the MBR.

Incidentally - Linux sees IDE dirves like this:

/dev/hda - drive on primary master channel
/dev/hdb - primary slave
/dev/hdc - secondary master
/dev/hdd - secondary slave

Last edited by Skyline; 08-18-2003 at 09:05 AM.
Old 08-18-2003, 01:29 PM   #4
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ya skyline's option is better


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