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Old 02-23-2004, 05:07 PM   #1
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ranish partition manager

So, my slackware linux cds just came in the mail today. So I only have one worry, and that is of messing up my current fat32 partition. So anyways, i've downloaded ranish partition manager. I used the sim thing, and I believe I figured out how to resize it. I'm wondering a few things. Am I supposed to run the partition manager from a boot disk thing, or just from windows? Also, I don't have a cd writer so I can't back up my files, so, should It be ok though? since this is the fam computer, it would really suck if I somehow lost all our data. Anyways,I really want to get linux installed so thanks in advance.
Old 02-23-2004, 07:04 PM   #2
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Ranish is a really neat tool which I use often. It's designed to run off a boot disk like maybe WinMe or similar. Also, if you had use of a cdrom the new linux rescue cdrom has it.
If you have another hard drive laying around, that might be a better place to put linux instead of risking the loss of your data. At any rate, see if you can backup to someplace.
When you do get into Ranish, write the partition information down, that way if the resize fails, you can put the old table entries back and all should be forgiven.
Have fun but backup first!
Old 02-23-2004, 07:06 PM   #3
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if there is any way to backup, do that. anytime your messing w/a partition there's risk of data loss. that said, i've used ranish before from a boot floppy, but not from windows, so i'm unsure what version you have, but the version will determine how you use it. another thing to do is defrag the fat32 partition. the defrag will move all data to the front of the drive, it's much safer. you'll also want to pay close attention to your free space. if you try and resize your partition, and, resize it smaller than the actual used space you will most likely lose data. also keep in mind windows likes to swap to the hardrive just about any where it can, so when resizing keep in mind that you'll need free space for windows to swap to. hope i've answered most of your ?'s
good luck.

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Old 02-24-2004, 12:26 PM   #4
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Here is how I done it on my fat32 HDD runnig WinXP:
(My intention was creating a dual boot with WinXP and LinuxFedora keeping ALL my files intact)
1. Used PowerQuest PartitionMagic7 to resize, move my fat32 partitions under WindowsXP
2. then create 3 Linux partitions: "/boot" "/swap" and "/" still under WinXP and reboot
3. Enter BIOS setup by pressing DEL on Startup (this may vary on different PC's) and set the first boot device CDROM
4. Restart PC with LinuxCDROMdistro inside, install Fedora Core1 on the 3 partitions created earlier
5. DO NOT let grub messing my MBR (Making a STARTUP floppy!!!)
6. Finished all, testing, OK!
7. Setting WinXP`s <boot.ini> to boot Fedora so I can get rid of LinStartUpFloppy... please see
8. Thinking of getting rid of WinXP now... but that`s another storry!
Hope to be helpful for somebody....


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