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Old 07-24-2003, 06:45 PM   #1
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Installing Linux on a Windows 2000 machine

My home computer has Windows 2000 professional on it, working very well I might add, however I would like to install Linux 9 on it.

Is there a way to install Linux 9 onto the computer and have a dual boot. I know there are partitioning issues, but I do not want to reinstall Windows 2000 or lose any of the data on the computer.

Thanks ahead of time.

Old 07-24-2003, 07:18 PM   #2
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You can start by repartitioning your harddisk to make space for Linux. Use something nondestructive like Partition Magic to shrink your Win2k partition if it's hogging up you harddisk.
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make sure also that you unallocate your available disk space for linux when using partition magic.
Old 07-24-2003, 08:04 PM   #4
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I was always told that you should defragment your hard disk before resizing a partition - less chance of any data loss
I can't vouch for that myself though, I just use VMware to install Linux from within Windows...
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What distro of 9. Redhat or Mandrake? Mandrake has a nice tool that you can use to let mandrake use unused windows space or even resize partitions.
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Sorry, it Redhat

Thanks for all your answers


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