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Old 08-28-2001, 02:20 AM   #1
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Ok. I would like to install redhat 7.1 soon. here's what I have.

I have a 6 gig (HDA) and a 30 gig (HDB)
I want win 2k and rehat 7.1
if I could put then on the 6 gig that's fine. But I don't want to have to boot off a diskette. (just wanted to clear that up)

next. if they are both on the 6 gig. is it possible for both Operating systems to access the 30 gig?

if not I may just put redhat on the 6 and win2k on the 30.

Next : exactly how many partitions should I make for the redhat area? I read around some sites and some say 2 some say 3 some say 4. how many should I make and what size? (I have 512 megs memory)

Lastly : my modem is a software modem (rockwell HCF) will this cause a problem in the installation? cause I don't have / can't find linux drivers for it.

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Old 08-28-2001, 05:49 AM   #2
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It does not really matter how you split up both drives... but you should make sure that you have enough space for each (Win2K and Linux). Be aware that a Win partition can be used by Linux, so you could have one of these for data you want accessable to both.

You want a Dual-Boot system - use the Win2K boot loader, not the Linux one.

Your WinModem is probably unusable in Linux, unless you can find a driver - Win Modems rely on Windows software doing a lot of the processing that full modems do in hardware (so they are cheaper!).

Linux Partitioning...
This question is hard to answer without knowing how you want to use your system - it does not really matter unless you are really desperate to squeeze performance or are worried about your backup strategy.

Use a swap partition about four times the size of your memory, and the rest can be one big partition, or can be split up. Each partition will then hold a bit of the total filesystem.

Linux has a single filesystem, starting at the root directory, and all other storage systems and devices are mapped into it. One suggestion would be to put the root directory, etc. onto a small partition, the usr directory on a big partition (this is the software programs), the home directory on a separate partition (this is the users files), and the var directory on another (the temporary files).

Ask some more questions if this is not enough.



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