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Old 03-13-2004, 07:47 AM   #1
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SuSE 9 personal+ Windows XP -> POSSIBLE?

First of all I want to say HELLO to everyone cause I am new ´ere!

I am quite a newbie in Linux (I used Knoppix)!-->

Now I want to switch to SuSE 9 personal, but my problem is, that I´ve got no idea, how I should install Suse on a existing NTFS Windows XP!

I don´t want to get totally the rid of it, because of playing games...and so on!

Please help me and tell me the easiest way to use SuSE and Windows XP on one box!

PS:I heard bad things about BOCHS (it doesn´t accept Suse) !

Thanks in advance~

Old 03-13-2004, 08:34 AM   #2
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I think all you need is some free space, install discs for linux, a little time and a happy smile

first of all, you should get some space out from your Windows...there are numerous tools for "cutting" a piece of the partitioned disk to a free space (if all your HD's space is in use). after it we simply make linux partitions on the space (swap, root, boot..) and when they're done (I guess your distro's installation program can do this quite easily?) we just press a button to get our packages installed..... possibly specify some bootloader options etc., but the whole process is easy.

so first you should probably hunt for a program that is able to re-do your partition table to get free non-ntfs space - unless you want to buy another harddisk for your linux
Old 03-14-2004, 01:38 AM   #3
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Ok, thanks for the help, but....there is another problem:

I defraged Windows partition (I also disabled my swap-file...the virtual memory) about 10 times!
Then I am going to SuSE and I want to resize my windows partition (yast supports this feature, HUURRRAYYY) but then it tells me that it can only resize 35MB(...Please go to windows and defrag your partition...blablabla)

Are there any tools that "really" defrag/resize my windows partition (Open Source)?

(->I tried to use BootItNG for resizing the partition...IT STILL CHECKS FOR ERRORS ....maybe the same defrag-problem?!!)
Old 03-14-2004, 07:41 AM   #4
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Have you tried Partition magic? Oh yeah, back ups are huge important when moving partitions.


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