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Old 07-12-2005, 06:22 AM   #1
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Question Dual boot with XP Pro

Hi All,

I would like to Dual boot my PC with XP Pro, Is there a way to break a NTFS Partition so i could install Fedora as well.. would like to be able to use both!
Old 07-12-2005, 07:16 AM   #2
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First, defrag your harddrive. *important*
Next, backup important data as it's possible that you'll mess up your partitions if things go very poorly (usually everything goes well).
Finally, start installing Fedora and make sure you choose manual partitioning, you'll have to resize the NTFS partition and then install Fedora partitions into the space that is remaining.
Old 07-12-2005, 09:29 AM   #3
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I have windows XP dual boot with Mandrake
Of course first you need to defrag your harddrives
Use PartitionMagic to resize your windows parition.
- Here mine setup:
I have a 40G HD Partitioned into 2 drives C: <10G where windows XP is> and D: <30G just for storage>
Use PartitionMagic to resize D thus leaving an empty space about 10G. Just don't format it to linux file system or anything
Boot into linux and use an option where you can partition manually

Look carefully at the empty spot. and mount it to / where linux is intalled to and specify the amount (say 9500MB) And then fill up the rest as a swap partition.

Note: you can create a FAT32 partition at the end of D: when using Partition magic just in case you want to share files between windows and linux.

Linux can read and write to FAT partition but only read NTFS partition. Writing to NTFS partiton is still experimental (not safe)

Just in case you don't want linux no more..... for some reason. Boot from windowsXP installation disc. and fix master boot record comand to restore previous state of windows. Search google for this I think it's fxmbr
Old 07-12-2005, 11:04 AM   #4
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[quote]Search google for this I think it's fxmbr
I think MS-DOS will also accept it in lower-case (does it even *know* the difference? )



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