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Old 02-01-2003, 12:00 AM   #1
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Will someone please tell me if im right

Will someone please tell me if this would be right for a windows xp pro dual red hat laptop. I am kinda confused on the partitioning and booting issues. I have winxp pro already installed on a 40 gig hd. It is on a toshiba satellite pro 6100.

Here is the hard drive as it is:
Volume (C
Volume size = 37.26 GB
Cluster size = 4 KB
Used space = 6.21 GB
Free space = 31.05 GB
Percent free space = 83 %

Master File Table (MFT) fragmentation
Total MFT size = 59 MB
MFT record count = 31,711
Percent MFT in use = 52 %
Total MFT fragments = 3

Fragments File Size Files that cannot be defragmented

*******Here I ran partition magic to spilt and repartition the drive.
I havent done anything but,this is what I propose to do if this is right:

*******(1 C NTFS 21,548.1 15,185.6 Active Primary)
(1 * Extended 16,606.3 16,606.3 0.0 None Primary)
(1 *swapspace2 Linux Swap 2,,039.5 0.0 2,047.3 None Logical)
(1 *Redhat Linux Ext2 16,566.7 562.0 14,000.8 None Logical)*******

*******Is this ok? I planed on loading linux red hat 8 afer partitiong, is their anything i need to know if I follow the loading instructions that came with the book i got the red hat from?*******

Here is some more info on what im installing on

Processor a Main Circuit Board b
1700 megahertz Intel Pentium 4
8 kilobyte primary memory cache
512 kilobyte secondary memory cache Board: TOSHIBA Portable PC Version A0
Bus Clock: 100 megahertz
BIOS: TOSHIBA Version 1.20 02/26/2002
Drives Memory Modules
40.01 Gigabytes Usable Hard Drive Capacity
33.33 Gigabytes Hard Drive Free Space


TOSHIBA MK4019GAX (40.01 GB) [Hard drive] -- drive 0 256 Megabytes Installed Memory

Slot 'DIMM 0' is Empty
Slot 'DIMM 1' has 256 MB
Local Drive Volumes

c: (on drive 0) 40.01 GB 33.33 GB free

I have read a lot but think I will be ok once I do this once but please someone help me to start out right. Any help is greatly appreciated. thanks

Last edited by pcdogo420; 02-01-2003 at 12:04 AM.
Old 02-01-2003, 01:30 PM   #2
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Talking Help is here...hope so :)

Hi there..

Are u planning to install.. a workstation / custom system..??

at a max the RH8 linux installation will take roguhly 5 GB if everything is installed
I would suggest the following space allocations for ur linux installation

100 MB for /boot
1.5-2 GB for /home
6 GB for /
~900 mb for /tmp
double the amt of RAM as swap space 512 mb in ur case

we allcate 2 g for /home to save out personal data, so that in the future if u need to install
a newer version from scratch all ur persoanl data can be saved.

create all these as ext2 partitions except swap partiton

u can create all these partitions using P-magic from win., including the swap and go on to install linux .. BUT WAIT !!!

most probably u r bound to end up in trouble if u r having ntfs as the filesystem ..grub / lilo can give least from my experience.... so plz consult the grub documentation properly.
I too use win xp but the file system is FAT 32... so i dont have problems.( i too had NTFS but lilo gave probs i reformatted the hdd as fat 32) the least create a boot up disk for windows & linux as well...and go ahead to install

if the filesystem was fat 32, u could use a win 9x boot up floppy to restore the MBR,
by typing fdisk /mbr ( if something went wrong)

but ntfs will not allow it..

so be very careful.. espaecially if u have important data on the system..

if u have a backup of the data u will need to convert the fs to fat 32 so that problems can be avoided... u will lose all the data in the process

if so I would suggest the following space allocations

3.5 - 4 Gb for windows ( dont install anything else, only windows )
4 - 6 g for program files ( all extra things that u install shud go in here )
.... ur size choice for partitons.....

8 GB for linux ..this shud be preferably the last partition(s)..(total of all /, boot ..etc..)

so thats it..hope this helps..once more ,consult the GRUB /lilo stuff with someone else.. i am not 100 % sure..


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