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Old 07-18-2001, 07:01 AM   #1
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Unhappy partitioning


hi guys,

i have a few question hope someone will answer.
i currently have a 9gb hdd and a 64mb ram, owning a window98se OS. I wanted to install linux, but unsure of the partitioning i need to do. anyone out there can guide me to the partitions? i wish to have a C: for window os installed, and a D: for all my windows files/programs in it. thanks
 
Old 07-18-2001, 07:08 AM   #2
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oh ya, for your information, i'm ready to format my drive, and i reinstall windows and those program i need.
 
Old 07-18-2001, 08:39 AM   #3
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basically 2 partitions: one called "/" or the linux rootsystem (fs type 62), and a Linux swap partition (type 63). The rootsystem will need about 2Gb as distro's these days tend to be rather large, and the swap can be anything in size but 64Mb will be more than ull ever use in normal circumstances. Linux can also be loaded from extended partitions so theres no problem in that.
 
Old 07-18-2001, 08:56 AM   #4
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is it i repartition my drive to c: d: e: than using c: for window and d: for windows files/programs. while i repartition the e: to / root and a swap partition? or do i have to partition c: d: e: f: while e: is the / root and f: for swap? will the performance be better if i have a swap partition of 128mb? or two swap partition of 64mb each?
 
Old 07-18-2001, 09:35 AM   #5
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Quote:
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is it i repartition my drive to c: d: e: than using c: for window and d: for windows files/programs. while i repartition the e: to / root and a swap partition? or do i have to partition c: d: e: f: while e: is the / root and f: for swap? will the performance be better if i have a swap partition of 128mb? or two swap partition of 64mb each?
You'll want the first partition as c:, the second as d:, the third (e:) as / (/dev/hda3 as it would be addressed under Linux) and the fourth partition for swap. You should be fine with 64MB of physical mem and 128MB of swap - infact I don't think you'll hardly use your swap space.

HTH

Jamie...
 
Old 07-18-2001, 02:29 PM   #6
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Quote:
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is it i repartition my drive to c: d: e: than using c: for window and d: for windows files/programs. while i repartition the e: to / root and a swap partition? or do i have to partition c: d: e: f: while e: is the / root and f: for swap? will the performance be better if i have a swap partition of 128mb? or two swap partition of 64mb each?
The first choise would be the easiest, then repartition e: from linux installation program to / and <swap>.
With more swap you can have more programs open and also edit larger files, for example images, sound files...
 
Old 07-18-2001, 02:50 PM   #7
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Cool Partitions

First, if you only have one drive why bother with 2 partitions for Windows? That is a lot of overhead and lost media for nothing. That said, I can see a small partition in Windows for backup purposes, just for data files etc. Then a gain, once you get hooked in Linux,eventually you hate to go back to crash ware.

How I would partiton it:

Doz fdisk 9GB drive:[list=1][*]delete all partitions[*]create a 2GB DOS partition[*]make first partition active[/list=1]

Install Windoze
Install Linux (LMdk7.2)
finish the remaining partitioning durring the Linux install.

 
Old 07-19-2001, 05:28 AM   #8
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my fdisk is from window98 system disk, which will make the partition to fat32. will linux be able to partition my e: for use for linux? and do i have to make the e: primary partition in order for linux to be installed in?
 
Old 07-19-2001, 12:18 PM   #9
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There is no such thing as e: in Linux

Just leave some of the drive unpartitioned, Linux install will finish creating it's own partitions. When Win98 fdisk asks you if you want to partition the entire drive say "no" and change the 100% to 30% (or something) for the first drive, which will become C: in Windows and /dev/hda1 in Lunix which could be mounted to /WinC or, as with some distros, by default /mnt/windows.

Just make sure you leave about 4-5 GB unpartitioned and follow the instructions on my last post. It'll all make sence in the end.

Have a look at this, it might help you understand Linux file system a bit more:
http://www.skot.org/sysadmin/hdd/

Skot.
 
Old 07-20-2001, 12:41 PM   #10
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Linux File Systems

Linux File Systems are not anything like Windows...They actually make sense.

If yur going to start all over:

fdisk the whole drive
Linux will see your partitions as hda1, hda2, hda3 etc (unless yu have a scsi drive...then it would be sda1, sda2 etc)

install windows 98 on a 3gb partition...Windows will see this as C: most likely... forget about having 2 partitions under Windows, it really serves no real purpose. Linux will see this partiton as hda1.

Create an extended partition to cover the rest of the hard drive. Linux will recognize this as hda2.

On hda2 you will divide it into 3 logical partitions: hda5, hda6, hda7 (wondering why not hda3,4, etc? youll find out later!)

hda5 will be mounted as /boot and will be ext2 file system (like dos or fat32 is a windows file system). Size= no more than 10MB

hda6 should be a linux swap file system, different from ext2 or dos or fat32. Size=no more than 128MB

hda7 will be your root partition. This is where linux as an OD will be installed. Mount point will simply be /. File system of course will be ext2. Size=the rest of your hard drive space.

If you use suse you will not have a problem.
There is a program called FIPS20 on the suse cdrom that can resize yur windows partition without any data loss.
 
Old 07-20-2001, 03:00 PM   #11
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If you're using RH, then you shouldn't worry. If you already have partitions, then choose custom installtion, if not then go workstation. I dual bootd Win2K w/ RH7, though Win2K is pretty different from WIn 98. When you get to the partition step, choose Disk Druid, it's more graphical. I didn't read your whole thread in much detail, but you'll need 3 main subpartitions: / (root), /boot, & <Swap>. You can play w/ usr and Temp &etc. (I stuck with usr & temp.)If you want the details of how I did my part., reply back & I'll tell you. Gotta run!
 
Old 07-21-2001, 06:21 AM   #12
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i know that linux will show my hard drive partition of hda1 hda2 and etc... but what i'm using is window98 fdisk, in which will show c: d: e: etc...in my screen. so it will be better understanding if i'm guide with using c: d: e: format.

carry on with philfighter reply to me. thanks for guiding, but i have some question in your reply. in which are:
. when creating an extended partition, the fdisk are not going to recognise it as a drive. but instead of recognising it as a drive only when you does a logical on an extended.
. how do i skip away hda3 and hda4 when creating an partition.
. is it possible that i create an extended partition with one logical partition on it, than leave it for linux(redhat) installation to guide me for partitioning the logical partition for / (root), /boot, and swap?

HHH, if you don't mind, i would like to see how you partition your drive. as in c: d: e: format and hda1 hda2 hda3 format.

Thanks guys for your time, thanks very much.
 
Old 07-25-2001, 08:43 PM   #13
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Here is a link to my thread in the installation forum:

http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...0&pagenumber=2

In one of my posts on the second page, I wrote down my partitions. I hope that helps!

HHH
 
Old 07-26-2001, 10:57 AM   #14
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if you do create a drive E in fdisk, just remember its the last partition and its size. when you boot up and install Linux and use disk druid.. just delete that dos partition and then create your linux paritions with whatever leftover space you have from that previously created drive E.... simple as that.
 
Old 07-27-2001, 05:22 PM   #15
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I hope this will help a little:

Use just one partition for windows (generate it usin Win98 fdisk)
but remember to leave some unpartioned space (should be around 2 to 3 GB.

Then set up linux and (if using Suse) in the setup sequence chose advanced partitioning and set up the free space as the following:

One Extended fs (ext2) of Reiserfs partition (rather large) and one swap partition (64MB should be enoug).

Set the ext2 to be mounted at / and install your Linux into that dir.

Hope that helped!
 
  


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