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Old 05-12-2003, 07:00 AM   #16
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cool...thanks for the help guys...
so what I'm looking at is:
NTFS - Primary
(/boot) - Primary
(/) - Primary
(/var) - Primary
(/home) - Extended (Logical)
(/usr) - Extended (Logical)
Swap - Extended (Logical)
VFAT - Extended (Logical)

does this look good? I really have never gone over 4, so ... but, I may be able to use that 20GB extra drive, in which I could easily make them all primary... as a side note, how should I distribute the partitions throughout the 2 drives (in terms of which partition should go on each drive)? They are 40GB and a 20GB, and I would like to give Windows only 25GB... is it posssible to span linux across 2 drives?
Thanks again

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Old 05-12-2003, 07:09 AM   #17
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You can spread linux over 2 disks but I would reccomend putin windows on the 20GB drive to keep it totally seperate and create a larger vfat partition on the 40GB for data storage that could be read from both windows and linux.
 
Old 05-12-2003, 04:22 PM   #18
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yeah, I see what your saying, just I can't lose my windows stuff, so I guess I'll just have to make them both NTFS, transfer, and delete the current NTFS...
thanks man
 
Old 05-12-2003, 04:24 PM   #19
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You don't need to - it was just a suggestion. If your windows stuff is on the 40GB and you want to transfer it (and it is less that 20GB) then you could use partimage and copy the whole partition.
 
Old 05-12-2003, 04:25 PM   #20
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yeah, good idea...
 
Old 05-13-2003, 12:15 AM   #21
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Yes, just as David said Linux can be spread across two hard drives. Also, if you install a 2nd harddrive you probably would just want to boot Linux from a primary partiton on the 2nd harddrive. Windows or DOS can only be be booted from the 1st harddrive but, Linux can be booted from a 2nd harddrive.

On my 2nd harddrive I have 3 very small primary partitions and one huge extended partition. After I created the extended partition, I created various logical partitons within it. I have 3 different versions of Linux installed on my 2nd harddrive. For each version, I use one of the small primary partitons to boot boot that copy of Linux. Because of the limited supply of primary partitons I never use more than one primary partiton per operating sytem. Each only needs one to boot up. For each copy of Linux, I place /boot on one of the primary partitions. If I do not create a /boot partiton, I place the "/" partition there instead but, of course I then use a larger partiton. I place all the other partitions such as /swap, /usr or "/" in logical partitions. If a /boot partition is not created then it will be booted from within "/" instead.

The BIOS in many computers have design limitations that require that the boot partiton be entirely below cylinder 1024 of the harddirve. I do not know if that is true of my 2 computers, but just to be safe, using 3 small primary partitons clearly meets that criteria. By the way, the exenteded partition replaces one of the 4 possible primary partions and leaves me with only 3 primary partitions per harddrive.

On hda1 I have DOS, on hda2 I have Windows, on hda3 I boot my 1st copy of Linux, on hdb1 I boot the copy of Red Hat Linux that I am currently using, on hdb2 and hdb3 I have 2 more copies of Linux that I can boot up. I hope you enjoy using Linux!
 
Old 05-13-2003, 04:36 PM   #22
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sweet man, thanks for the input... I think I will actually do that... I'll make the first drive be Windows and the VFAT, and I think I'll just go ahead and make the 2nd hard drive just linux, with 1 primary partition... just in case...
 
  


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