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Old 10-29-2007, 08:21 AM   #1
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Qns on partition and installing

i have a few qns to ask b4 i start installing suse linux on my hard disk.

Currently this is the situation. I have a 80gb hard disk. I reserve 50 gig for the installation. The rest of the memory are free space, no partition on that unused space.

Here i have a few things in doubt and i like to list out these qns..

1) The freespace on my hard disk, should i partition the free space on my hard disk, or should i leave it as it is? Because on the forum, some one advice me to delete the partition before installing the suse..

2) I have already install win os onto my hard disk, which is on C:. If i install the suse on the free space or on the new partition, will my machine be able to dual boot both OS, so i can choose which os to boot

3) Do i need to install a program like boot magic so i can dual boot, or after installing suse, there will be a choice to choose which OS to boot without installing any dual boot software?

Sorry to ask so many qns. I still quite new to this area. Please help thanks...
Old 10-29-2007, 08:50 AM   #2
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Most distro installation CDs or DVDs will ask you how you want to partition, what space to use, etc. They will also detect any other operating systems so you have a choice of which to boot into. You won't need any extra software for booting.
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Start with unpartitioned space on the drive. ("Empty" and "Free" are ambiguous--ie you can have a disk that is fully partitioned but still has lots of free space.) You may have to re-size the Windows partition if it now fills the drive---One good tool is GParted, which comes on a stand-alone bootable CD.

The Linux installer will take care of making new partitions.

The Linux installer will also take care of installing a boot-loader and configuring it to boot Windows and Linux.

The "getting started' link below might also help.
Old 10-30-2007, 06:28 AM   #4
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Thanks for your ans. It has help me alot


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