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Old 06-24-2001, 04:30 PM   #1
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Angry mandrake 8.0 install with partition magic

I HAVE (2) 40 GIG INTERNAL HARD DRIVES AND IM RUNNING WIN98. I have partition magic and Linux mandrake 8.0 What i want to do is run multiple operating systems( win98 and linux) can anyone give me an optimal configuration? I need to know how to partition each drive.
Old 06-27-2001, 06:07 AM   #2
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hi crashnukem, im not really gonna answer your question but will ask the same question: i have an acer travelmate 201 txv notebook with a 10 gb hard disk. im currently using win98SE on partition C: (2 GB), and also have a D: (rest) for data. both are FAT32. i have partition magic & have already asked that question in another forum; the answer (and therefore my plan) was basically that i should leave the C: and D: where they are, resize them as i wish with partition magic, and create an unformatted space on the hard disk following those two partitions. this is where mandrake should be installed, or rather, where it will install itself (i have just ordered mandrake 8.0 and want to install it as soon as i get around it...). everything else such as creating a boot, / and swap partition and choosing the file system for each of them can be done during the installation process. id just have to install LILO or GRUB in the mbr to handle the dual booting, then it does not matter where the partition is located where linux resides.

does that sound reasonable?

im asking this because somebody in this forum (forgot where) said that the boot partition for linux should be created IN FRONT of the windows partition, i.e. in the very beginning of the hard disk. that made me uncertain. any advice will be greatly appreciated!

one more thing: i suppose a lucent technologies soft modem AMR will not work under linux??? but the sound card from acer labs inc. should?! at least with kernel 2.4.n is what i read...

does anybody know the programme "endnote" by isi research soft? its a programme to handle scientific references and format them according to guidelines from scientific journals, in connection with ms word. is there a way to get it to run under linux? or are there programmes available under linux that can handle these tasks? this is basically the only programme that keeps me tied to ms and windows, if i could handle these tasks otherwise i might be able to one day switch to linux completely (if i manage to get it running and everything...)

thanx a million
Old 06-27-2001, 07:04 AM   #3
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The bit about having your linux partition infront of you Windows partition was probably just to ensure that your kernel is below cylinder 1024 on your harddisk. If it isn't then LILO can't find the kernel at boot time and falls over. The very latest LILO gets around this problem but I don't know if its currently shipped with any distros.

I've got my Windows partition before my linux partitions, but thats just my preference.

As for crashnukem having 2 40GB drives: I always like having a seperate OS per drive if you can spare the space. That way you can leave the installer to do its own thing on the assumption that it know what its doing (often a bad assumption but if you're a newbie I wouldn't worry too much)... you also don't have to worry about trashing your 'other' OS if you are playing with the partitions in one of them.

I feel that a too much emphasis is put on getting your partitions right on home systems. If you are running a server then it can be really important to sort your partitions out to ensure that a program can't runaway and fill up the system and can help your performance, but on a home system with just you using it there shouldn't be so much of an issue. My main system at home just has a swap partition and a single big ext2 partition.


Old 06-27-2001, 07:16 AM   #4
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thanx jamie

apparently the 1024 cylinder thing is not an issue anymore, at least i think i remember having read something to that effect about SuSe 7.1. i do hope it holds true for mandrake 8.0...but since i bought the distribution (power pack) i guess the manuals might tell me

looking forward to getting it!


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