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Old 02-17-2003, 03:03 PM   #1
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Question Lindows partitions / dual boot

I tried searching for info and found some useful stuff but not sure what if any is directly applicable to my situation.

I have a new machine with Lindows 3.0. Have had many problems and little time to deal with them as I am a grad student. Have a 2nd machine which is Win2K and am trying to install Win2K on my Lindows hard drive to make a dual boot. HD is 20 MB with plenty of space.

A. I tried looking at the disk with Norton Utilities and it does not recognize the drive at all so I cannot fdisk the drive. Same result when installed as a slave drive on Win2K machine.

B. In Lindows, I looked at Partitions in KDE Control Module. I have listed:

device = /dev/hda3
mount point = /
FS type = reiserfs
size = 18804 MB
mount options = rw

device = /dev/hda1
mount point = /boot
FS type = ext2
size = 31 MB
mount options = defaults

device = /dev/hda2
mount point = none
FS type = swap
size = empty
mount options = sw

1. Why can't I see the Lindows drive in DOS or Windows?

2. Can I partition the Lindows drive to install Win2K using FAT32?

If this can't be done easily (i.e. with little time invested), I would rather buy a new hard drive and forget Lindows. It would be a costly mistake but one that won't be repeated. I really hoped it would be user friendly and I could say goodbye to MS forever...

Old 02-17-2003, 04:07 PM   #2
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1. As I understand it, Windows is unable to see Linux partitions. You would have to use something like Samba to access Linux partitions from Windows. I might be wrong on this, though ...

2. It looks like your entire drive is partitioned already (no free space), so you would have to repartion it with some third party software such as Partition Magic if you wanted to dual-boot, and not destory existing partitions. But it is certainly possible.

If you truly want to "forget" Lindows, there's no reason to buy another hard drive. Just pop in a Windows install disk and destructively partition and install over Lindows. Just keep in mind that all existing data will be lost.


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