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Old 10-17-2004, 12:57 PM   #1
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Partitioning (HELP!)

Hi All, I am completely new to Linux, I am trying to install Fedora but basicaly, i havent a clue what to do with the partitioning, I want to run Fedora and Windows together, I have a 120gig hard-drive, but i just need to know what settings to make my partitioning, I have PartitionMagic, I would like to be able to boot between windows XP and Fedora, someone said i need a SWAP, i havent a clue how to set a SWAP up. Please explain as simple as you can what i should set my partitioning to.

P.S, I can send you a screenshot via email if this helps

Here is what it looks like so far

Partition | Type | Size MB | Used MB | Unused MB | Status | Pri/log

Partition 1)

DELLUTILITY FAT 101.9 7.3 94.6 NONE Primary


Local Disk (C) NTFS 65,758.9 14,340.6 52,417.6 Active Primary


(*) Unallocated 48,579.4 0.0 0.0 None Primary

The third partition is currently unallocated because i deleted the partition.

Someone suggested to me that i do this: "<DELLUTILITY> </boot> 100MB ext3, <Windows> 65GB NTFS, <EXTENDED </> 10gb ext3, <SWAP 1.5x your ram>, <Shared Fat32/vfat Whatever is left of your disk> Endextended>"

But i havent a clue what all that means, and how to do all that.

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Old 10-17-2004, 01:05 PM   #2
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if your running on one disk dirve... generally do the following...
DEFRAG thw indows hard disks
resize your partisions using partision magic so you have about 7 + gigs of free space

at this stage you can install linux and iot should install into the freespace.... however, if you want to be suire... make the partisions in windows.... 1 ext3 formatt partisionas bg as you like as long as thjere is eniough space left ove rfor swap....
your swap disk should ideally be twice the size of your ram... eg.. if you have 512 meg of ram your swap partision should be 1024meg (eg: 1 gig),... on monst mopdern systwems your unlikley to get into the swop much,, but its good to have in case
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I still dont understand, When i try to install Fedora it says "You have not defined a root partition (/).

What does that mean?
Old 10-17-2004, 02:10 PM   #4
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the swap partition is used in case the needed memory exeeds your ram. so twice the size of your ram is the usual recommendation.
Old 10-17-2004, 02:23 PM   #5
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you should use the graphical partisioner.... work out how it works... it sbeen so long since ive used it... basicially you have to assign a partision for the "/" directory (think of it as the windows C drive) into which the rest of the os will go...

just click about.. i though it would allocate it automagically...
and it wont actually formatt the disk unrtil you procied to hte next stage... so make sure you are sure you have the space beafore you click on the dreded next buton :P
Old 10-17-2004, 03:25 PM   #6
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in your case if you havnt ever worked with disk partitions alot

First install windows (if its not already installed)
use diskkeeper or standered Windows Defrag program and defrag your drive

Use PQmagic bootable CD and resize your Windows partition

leave your self a desent amount of free space to play around with Linux after you install it sense you have a 120 gb drive I would be generas to Linux

click apply settings

eject your PCmagic disk

insert you fedora disk 1


from there I usaly type 'linux text' you can use the GUI if you prefer

go through all the 'where you are located stuff' time zone... blah blah

Remember *space to select *tab to move to a button *enter to select your button

select the type of install you want ie. personal desktop.... workstation.. (you can choice more packages later)
when you get to partitioning select AUTO partitioning
then select 'Keep all existing operating systems and use exsisting free space'
It should set a system up using the existing free space you freed with PQmagic, a swap space based on the size of current memory you have and the partitions it needs to install the rest
Old 10-20-2004, 04:16 PM   #7
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Originally posted by cibaker
I still dont understand, When i try to install Fedora it says "You have not defined a root partition (/).

What does that mean?
To actually ANSWER you question the / partions is where your system files will go after you finish you partitioning scheme you must tell Fedora which partition is which for example

hda1 = /boot
hda2 =/
hda3= /home

99.99% of people don't go that extreme but just an exaple average is /boot, / , /home, /swap

I would strongly suggest having /home on it's own partition ust incase you need to re-install or format/.


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