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Old 05-09-2005, 05:12 PM   #1
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Unhappy I am just getting started at this...

If anyone could help I would really appreciate it.

I have a awesome computer i built that is currently running on XP.
I want to have XP and Linux on it.

I have the Linux Fedora CD's.

I hear that you need to partition your HD. How do I do that? Is there a program for it?
I have plenty of space to partition because I have a 200 GB SATA HD.

After partitioning do i just insert the CD's while logged on to XP?

What do I do?

Can anyone type me a crash course? LOL

If anyone could help i would appreciate it,


Old 05-09-2005, 05:32 PM   #2
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If it were me, I would spend a few extra gumbo-beads on a new HDD and install Linux onto that.

I am sure someone will be able to guide you through the way you want to do it, though

In fact... if ya use the search button up-top-of-page I'm betting you will find exactly what ya need

good luck either way

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Old 05-09-2005, 05:42 PM   #3
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just defrag your drive and boot off the install cd it should let you partition from there
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i also heard that Fedora should take care of the partition for me. Is that true?

I want to get another HD but im tight on the Benjamin's if you know what i mean.

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During install of Fedora (as well as most other distributions) you can choose to install Linux on existing free space. Then the installation process does not harm existing partition and makes new partitions itself. That works very fine. and when you are not satisfied, just get rid in XP of the Linux partitions (which installation of Linux created) and use free space to addd to xp-partitions and you would be back as it was (although I think you want to stick with FC )

so: yes installation of FC takes care of partitioning so now worry and no benjamin spending. Just go for it and you ll see


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Old 05-09-2005, 06:07 PM   #6
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Try the FC "install" disk. It might offer to do the partitioning for you.

On the other hand, there are lots of partition resizing tools for XP available (for a fee).

In any case, what you need to do is to shrink your XP partition to, say, 100GB, leave the other 100Gb unallocated, and then run your install disks, letting then partition the free space (just take the defaults). Note: When the install asks you if you want to replace the Master Boot Record, yes, you do. (If you don't, you'll boot into XP, and not get the GRUB menu letting you select between XP and FC.)

Oh, second note: If you intend to share files between you XP and Linux systems, it is best to have a FAT32 partition, since both XP and Linux can read and write to FAT32 partitions. A "typical" XP/Linux partitioning of a 200GB drive might be something like, say, 1GB NTFS boot (for the "|Windows" and "\Program Files" directories), 170 GB FAT32 shared (Put your XP "\Documents and Settings" directory here, and any other directories you want to share), 1 GB Linux boot, 28Gb Linux root. (The linx "root" -- if you take the defaults -- will be a "Logical Volume" containing a small "swap" space, with the rest being the Linux data and programs.)
Old 05-09-2005, 06:17 PM   #7
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but how do you do all that?



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