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Old 03-30-2004, 04:25 AM   #1
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Unhappy win9x and linux dual boot when data is present

I have got a 40GB HDD in which 4 partitions r made. C: contains win98, D: drive is formatted, e: drive is having data and f: is empty. I want to install a dual boot with windows 98SE and linux without any harm being caused to the data in my E:\.

Also I want to make windows as my first booting operating system.

How should I proceed.
Old 03-30-2004, 05:06 AM   #2
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Are you intending to install Linux in the free F: partition? If so, just delete the F: partition and let the Linux installer create new Linux partitions for you in the empty space. That's probably the easiest solution. There is also a tool called fips that will let you resize FAT/FAT32 partitions, and it comes with most Linux distributions for the PC.

Old 03-30-2004, 08:32 AM   #3
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Which distribution are you planning to install? Some of the installers make it very easy to see which partition you will be installing to, some make it.... less easy.

But as long as you know which hdd the partition resides on, and the order your partitions are actually in, it shouldn't be too difficult, even under the "less easy" installers.


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