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Old 06-19-2004, 07:54 PM   #1
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Installing RedHat 8.0

Alright, this is probably a really stupid question, but I'm trying to install RH 8.0 on a Windows XP machine. I want to make it a dual-boot installation and have been reading about the GRUB boot loader. From what I read, during the install the disk druid would create the needed partions for me. I am getting an error, "Could not allocate requested partitions." Now, I have a 40 GB hard drive with one partition, the C:\ drive and I assumed that the installation would be able to allocate the needed space from the free space on this partition (there's 23 GB of free space). Now, I'm thinking I was badly mistaken and that I have to somehow shrink the size of this partition so that my hard drive has some "unpartitioned" space on it to create my Linux partitions. Is this correct? If so, anyone have an easy way to do this. I've read about PartitionMagic and other programs to do this, anyone have one to suggest? Thanks, sorry if this is a really stupid question.
Old 06-19-2004, 08:03 PM   #2
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Yes, the Windows partition has to be shrunk. You can't have them both on one parittion. I would suggest partition magic.

After you make empty space for Linux, make sure you have a swap partition (usually twice the amount of RAM on your computer) and a large /home partition for user home directories containing their settings and files. This way if something happens to the root partition home is safe.

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Old 06-20-2004, 11:10 AM   #3
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Thanks for your quick response. That's what I thought, I've ordered PartitionMagic. I'll get this RH installed eventually. Thanks


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