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Old 12-12-2002, 12:43 PM   #1
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Cool Help on Red Hat Linux 8.0 for partitioning on Windows XP


I just bought Red Hat Linux 8.0 and I'm trying to install it on my computer so that I would have both XP and RH. I read and followed the instructions for doing a partition. I did everything from making a bootable FIPS disk to correcting errors on the hard drive. I also erased a few things so that it would have enough space on the hard drive to install it. But every time I put in the CD and proceed the installation it would always give an error saying:
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Could not allocate requested partitions:
Partitioning failed: Could not allocate partitions as
primary partitions.

Press: OK
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The following errors occurred with your partitioning:

You have not defined a root partition (/), which is
required for installation of Red Hat Linux to continue.

This can happen if there is not enough space in your
hard drive(s) for the installation. You can choose a
different automatic partitioning option or click 'Back'
to select manual partitioning.

Press: OK
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I went to manual partitioning and chose the different root partitions but none were acceptable. I might be doing something wrong and I don't want to mess up the computer. I would appreciate it very much if anyone that knows about Windows XP and installing Red Hat Linux 8.0 to help me. Thank you for those who took their spare time on helping me out.


 
Old 12-12-2002, 04:53 PM   #2
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Hello,

How many partitons does ur HDD have with only xp installed?


 
Old 12-13-2002, 02:17 PM   #3
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Sorry for the delay. I was very busy. I only got one partition in my computer.
 
Old 12-17-2002, 07:27 AM   #4
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Can anybody help me out on this?
 
Old 12-17-2002, 10:13 AM   #5
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Does your one partition take up the entire hard disk? When you deleted some things, did you make the primary smaller? Your Windows XP uses NTFS--the NT file system, which Linux has problems with. Nothing in the Red Hat installation can resize your primary partition and create the necessary free space it needs.

Use Partition Magic to resize the partition, then install RH 8.0.
 
Old 12-17-2002, 11:16 AM   #6
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That's one of the things I had in mind (to use Partition Magic). I also had in mind to erase everything in the hard drive but I'm not going to do something that dumb. Well, thanks anyways. Thank to all who helped.



 
Old 12-18-2002, 06:35 AM   #7
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I just installed RH on a similar system, I have my primary partition as 10 gig with Windows, then in my extended dos partition which takes up the rest of the drive I have two 15 gig logical dos drives. One of these is my windows drive for data, the other is for LINUX. I set them up in dos FDISK.
When I install RedHat, I do 'manual partition', then select the second logical dos drive, delete it, then add linux root (5gig), linux home (9.5gig), and linux swap (0.5gig) in it's place.

That works ok for me, and is the only way I have succesfully done it.
 
  


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