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Old 06-20-2008, 02:38 PM   #1
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Hi! I'm a complete Linux novice, and not very savvy in Windows either. I want to add partitions without losing existing Win98SE system. This is important 'cos computer is shared. Hope to partition from a CD, install a simple Linux OS, move existing Win98 elsewhere on disk and install a later Windoze version. First things first - safe partitioning for a technical ignoramus without losing anything.

What is the easiest, most dummy-proof partitioning prog please, and how do I get it started?

System: desktop, P3 550MHz, 128Mb, 15Gb with 12Gb free.

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You practice safe partitioning by backing everything up to some device other than the one you are partitioning. You should have a recovery system that will work even if you have clobbered every OS on the device you are partitioning.

There is no fool proof partitioning program. The simplest one is fdisk.

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Any live CD, such as Knoppix, has partitioning software.
Download the .iso, and burn it to a CD-R (I use ImgBurn on Windows: Defragment first, then resize, then leave the space unallocated - when you install whatever Linux distro you choose you'll be able to make the necessary partitions with that.

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Originally Posted by Nubijean View Post
move existing Win98 elsewhere on disk and install a later Windoze version.
15Gb with 12Gb free.
Sounds a bit crowded for adding both Linux and a later Windows version.

What later Windows version? Can you still get 2000 and is it enough better than 98 to be worth the trouble? That machine sounds seriously under configured for XP, and I assume you're not even thinking about Vista.

Moving the Win98 partition on an old system is more trouble than just shrinking it and there is no reason I can think of that you would want to go to that extra trouble.

The partitioning software on most Linux LiveCD's can try to shrink a Windows partition. I've seen it fail, but don't recall seeing any reports of it failing destructively and its failures for me were never destructive.

I don't recall what defrag tools are even likely to be available for win98. For newer Windows systems, I've found it helpful to defrag the partition within Windows before shrinking it from within the Linux liveCD. When doing that, I've never seen a failure in the shrink operation.


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