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Old 09-17-2003, 04:49 PM   #1
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partitioning for red-hat?

I'm new to linux and installing operating systems in general

i'm struggling to install red-hat on my hd to make my machine duel-boot with windows me. i have only one hard-drive

i get very stuck on the installation page for red-hat about partitioning - i really have no idea what to do

can someone please explain what is meant by partitioning and how i should set this up so that i can run red-hat and me on one machine

i have a 40gb hd

Old 09-17-2003, 05:06 PM   #2
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Partitioning is where you divide your hard drive into 'slices'. For example, I have a 30gb hard drive - 15 is for WinXP and 15 is for RH9. To do this, I used Partition Magic.
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I don't use Redhat, but usually the install disc will give you an option of default partitioning or custom. If you choose default, it will do everything for you.

If you decide to use custom take a look at this article.
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ok thanks - but there is some terminonlogy that i really don't understand when I'm trying to install

'mounting to a partition'
hard drive cylinders
/boot directory
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Here is what I have used for a good setup for a dual boot in my earlier linux/windows days

When you start up the setup program It will ask you to set some simple hardware, ex: mouse, keyboard, etc....

The first spot you probably have trouble with is the partition setup. I have never been able use the automatic partition tool to get dual boot to work. When it comes to that point you should manually partition the drive. Note: you need to have an unused partition or partition that you dont want to use any more. If you dont have a partition already, you should get a 3rd party software such as partition magic to make yourself one. There are other ways (fips for example.....but I have no idea how to use these Once you have a decent amount of space set aside for the linux install you can enter the manual partition phase. You need 3 different partitons to run efficiently. If you have a Windows partition set up you will see it listed as either FAT32 or NTFS. Go to the unused partiton space (you will know b/c it says that it has free space to be used). From there you can click on the free area and create a new partition out of the unused space. You need to create these 3 partitions
/swap - About twice the amount of your RAM (not more than 512MB)
/boot - around 100MB usually
/ - (root partition) all the rest

These 3 partitions will get you up and running. You will want to set these 3 partitions as ext3 file systems (with the exception of the swap has no filesystem). Once you have these set it will have you select the packages that you want installed and off you go. The GUI interface is designed pretty well. Dont be afraid to try things out, b/c until you actually go past the manual partition point, you havent actually dont anything to your hard drive and you can always make changes. When you are all said and done you will come up with a boot loader after it has you restart and you will be able to pick from either WindowsME (it will call it DOS by default) or linux. I use the grub boot loader and have never had any problems.

PS. Back up all your important info FIRST!!!!!!! I have used this many times and not had any problems but you never know

Good luck
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thanks for your help but still no joy. i don't really understand what i'm doing and i get an error msg Could not allocate CYlinder-based parititions. whatever that means - i'm going right back to the start and reading up on the basics now


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