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Old 06-15-2005, 06:21 AM   #1
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Question Partitioning For Dual OS

I would like to install Linspire 5.0 as a dual boot on my computer (Windows and Linspire on the same hard drive). I do not wish to delete my current operating system in order to partition my drive, and am unable to purchase a software program that will allow me to create a new partition (such as Partition Magic). I currently own SuSE Linux Personal 8.2 and have previously used it (YaST) to resize and partition my hard drive in order to load that operating system.

My question is... is it possible to install SuSE Linux Personal 8.2 using the abovementioned procedure, and then install Linspire on the newly formed partition by overwriting the SuSe partition that was just created? I've downloaded FIPS but would rather use a procedure that I've already executed before and am sure will work.

So, would the proposed technique actually work? If not, does anyone know of a Windows based partition program that is free (and rather simple to use)?

Thanks in advance,

Old 06-15-2005, 06:40 AM   #2
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well jamie......most of the linux distributions during the initital step of the installation give 3 options
1. Erase all partitions
2. Use existing linux parttions
3. Create your own partitions
i probably think that it is bacause of ur data that you dont want to delete the existing operationg system. if thats not the case then making a system ready for adual boot is really simple.
and if linspire gives you the above mentioned options then go ahead with process that u told..........but choose the use existing linux partitions as your choice.....
Old 06-15-2005, 06:55 AM   #3
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Your process will work just fine -- Suse resizing the windows partition to make room for linux partitions, then use Linspire's option to erase existing linux partitions and use that space. Only catch is, I'd go for a big defrag on the windows drive before you do anything -- I've once hurt my windows installation (it was recoverable, but a lot of work).

I'd suggest downloading PerfectDisk (not only is windows defragger slow, but it just doesn't cut it -- PerfectDisk "optimizes" your drive by moving all the files to one physical locale on the disk, giving you room to repartition without the new partitions colliding with existing files.

here's a link where you can download perfect disk (the free evaluation does everything you need)
Old 06-15-2005, 05:36 PM   #4
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Wow, I've never met a board:

1. This friendly.
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3. Who actually know the answer.

Again, wow. Thank you both - and thank you pokemaster for the tip regarding the software, it is greatly appreciated.
Old 06-15-2005, 05:43 PM   #5
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Originally posted by jamiem
Wow, I've never met a board:

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we try to promote this attitude at LQ We do try, but unfortunatly it is not always possible. Step one is true most of the time, but 2/3 are usually just luck.


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