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Old 08-01-2003, 10:38 AM   #1
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Question Partitions size


Hi,

I just bought/built a new system and now I want to install Mandrake 9.1 on it.

My questions are about the partitions. For now, I have 2x40gig partitions (on the same drive). The fist is NTFS and holds Winblows xp. The second is FAT32 and is for data. I have 2 questions:

1)Is it save to resize a NTFS to install mandrake or should I install it on the FAT32 partition.

2) I'm considering making my linux partitions about 10 or 15 gig totally (should be enough?). I know that I have to do multiple partitions(swap, / , /home , others?). How many partitions should I make and what size should they have? Finally I would like to be able to use my data (FAT32) partition with linux and windows.

If you need more info, just ask for it.

Edit: Just want to ask what file system should I use. Hope this won't become a flame war

Cheers,
Spy5600

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Old 08-01-2003, 10:47 AM   #2
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Hi spy5600

Mandrake needs to go on a Linux filesystem - don't install it on FAT32.

Backing up and defragging is always a good idea before re-sizing any Windows partition.

The way to install Mabdrake after XP is already on your machine - is to leave some completly free space at the end of the drive (no filesystem on it in advance)

Then - you have the choice of letting Mandrake Automatically install into the free space or manually installing it in the free space

For starters - I'd let it automatically install itself - Once youve got some free space though.

You can use a FAT32 partition as a shared data partition.

Personally I'd do it like this:

/dev/hda1 - - XP main install NTFS
/dev/hda2 - - FAT32 shared data partition

Free space on the rest of your drive to let Mandrake automatically install into

When your a little more comfortable with Linux - then maybe think about a fancier partitining scheme - but for starters, an automatic install is sufficient.

Last edited by Skyline; 08-01-2003 at 10:50 AM.
 
Old 08-01-2003, 10:53 AM   #3
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Thanks for the info Skyline,

I know that I can't install directly on FAT32. Just wanted to know which between NTFS and FAT32 was the safest to resize.

But is there a tool, other than Partition Magic, to make free space? Is it possible to do it during the install?
 
Old 08-01-2003, 10:55 AM   #4
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Yes - you can use Mandrake's disk 1 install disk to re-size partitions when installing Mandrake
 
Old 08-01-2003, 11:01 AM   #5
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Hi spy5600

On a separate issue - I've just noticed you,ve got over 1 giabyte of memory.

Mandrake 9.1 has a known problem with this.

After you've installed, on your 1st reboot you might have to press F1 to go to advanced options and enter the code

Linux vga = 0

Jusr something to keep in mind when you get to that point.
 
Old 08-01-2003, 11:07 AM   #6
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Thanks for the tip. But what is the link between memory and video (vga) and what kind of bug is it (just for personal knowlege). Also, when sould I exactly press F1.

While we're on the memory subject. I've read somewhere that swap should be twice the size of the RAM. But I have 1gig of RAM and it makes no sens to use a 2gig swap partition. With 1 gig of memory, is it really needed to have a big swap partition?

Thanks for all the reply so far Skyline,
Spy5600

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Old 08-01-2003, 11:22 AM   #7
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You can find out the specific info on Mandrakes Errata pages - I dont know what the specific bug is.

With that much memory you wont need 2 gig's worth of Swap space - 1 gig would be more than adequate
 
Old 08-03-2003, 11:21 AM   #8
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Another question,

Since I want to use my FAT32 partition for my data, I don't need a huge /home partition (well, I think). So, if I let Mandrake choose the partitions sizes, by default the /home size is probably "big". Do you have an idea what size my /home directory should be?

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