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Old 02-05-2009, 02:56 PM   #1
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How to install Red hat linux on External hard drive ?

I know this quetion is posed by few people. But i am learner and recently started using red hat linux in university. I want to practice at home on my laptop. I had few issues?

1) My laptop had Vista and file system on INTERNAL DRIVE (laptop) is NTFS and i dont want to make any changes to it.

2) Now i bought (Iomega) 360 gb external network hard drive USB , the file system is FAT32.

My question is; If had to install red hat linux on external drive do have to convert filesystem from FAT32 to NTFS (because my INTERNAL DRIVE filesystem is NTFS).

2nd question "do i have to format my external drive because red hat linux needs less GB (honestly i dont know how much space it takes ,it will be appreciated even for this answer)".

3rd question "do i have to create separate drives on my external drive ?" will it be ok if i use one of the drive of external drive to store red hat linux ?

4th question "i want to install Linux on one drive and other drives (partitions) i want store normal files ,videos and pic's. will my laptop identify other drives(data,videos, pics) if i boot linux when i am working on linux.

5th please give me simple instructions to install red hat linux on my external network hard drive to work with my laptop (windows vista) ?

Old 02-05-2009, 03:04 PM   #2
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You may want to check out a live distro like knoppix.

Download a live dvd and burn it you will like it.
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You can partition the external drive anyway you want eg use gparted tool.
RHEL will require min 2 partitions, one is swap, one for sw. It will format those appropriately. It can read (and prob write these days) to NTFS, or you can use FAT32 as a sharing partition.
There is a tool for MS to read ext3 (default Linux format).
Note that data files can be read/written by both OSes, but an executable for one will not run on the other.



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