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spunkydoo 12-18-2002 02:24 PM

Partition question
I am new to linux and I am preparing to install Red Hat 7.2 on my win98 machine as a dual boot. I currently only have 1 partition. I also have Partition Magic, which I plan on using to shrink the current partition to make room for linux.

My questions:

1.) When I create the free space by shrinking my current partition, does it matter what the file system is? Does it need to be ext2 or ext3 before beginning the install?

2.) Will Disk Druid automatically create the 3 partitions needed for linux, or should this be done before the intall?

Thanks for any help.

cipher_arg 12-18-2002 02:33 PM

you definitly need a linux partition, if i am not wrong, ext s are automatically managed by disk druid when you choose linux partittion, and as long as i know, you need to create partition (suppose one for /, one for home and one for swap) before install

Remember to use de disk defragmenter (not sure if it is called like that in english) before shrinking windows partition. Windowz is SO bad that it will mess up files all along the disk drive instead of allocating them gradually.. sou if you partition de disk drive without defragmening you may loose some important windoz files..

jglen490 12-18-2002 03:05 PM

With FAT/FAT32 partitions the Linux installer will handle the sizing issue easily. Just make sure you scandisk, defrag, and back up critical Windows files, especially data files, first. Then install.

blinux1 12-18-2002 09:25 PM

First, form your linux partition as an extended partition to your windows partition.
Then, form the swap partition
Last, boot and install, and when disk druid comes up, select use existing partition. Probably when you load, the windows partition will become hda1, and the linux partition will be hda6 or something.

blinux1 12-18-2002 09:27 PM

oh, and if you happen to have bad luck and wipe out everthing on the hard disk, I would recommend installing windows again before linux, cause i've seen other threads stating the microsoft intall wiping out linux partitions.

Radicalm16 01-21-2003 10:46 PM

Also you can handle the shirinking FAT/FAT32 partition stuff with a software called "the partition resizer" is a free software that can run o a DOS environment, even if it is the console that windows provides....

you can get it at (


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