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Old 09-14-2003, 10:19 PM   #1
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Partitioning drives

I'm extremely new to linux and i was wondering if it's possible to partition my hard drive without reformating. My parents both use windows and i would like to not tamper with any of there stuff. Any help would be appreciated.
Old 09-14-2003, 10:35 PM   #2
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hi muze

I am also new to Linux but yesterday i have installed on my notebook and every thing seem to be working fine,according to the doc by RH if u have win OS installed then u need to follow some steps first thing is u run disk defragment after completing it then get some third party software by which u can create linux partition,i tried using partion options which comes with RH9 Cd1 but it was not able to create it throwing some i went for boonit software thru which i created linux partiton taking up space from the drive where windows was intalled and then installed RH9.

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OK here's some steps that may help.
1)Defrag Windows partition.
2) Restart in DOS and use the FIPS utility to resize the Windows partition (it would be in a directory like "dosutils" or the like on your linux installation cd).
3)Now you can use the space you freed up for linux (the setup portion of recent distributions should be able to do the partitioning of whatever free space you now have automatically.

You could also use another easier-to-use utility like Partition Magic, but that costs money.
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ok here is anther way:
1) Defrag your machine.
2) Get the third party partition software and install it, In here i suggest you to use partition magic which is very easy to use.
3) Do the partition which the third party software.
4) After you've done with your partition, put in your RH cd and restart your comp. remember to boot from cdrom.
5) Follow the step in RH installation guide.
6) RedHat in on the way now.
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Exclamation If you use Mandrake 9.1

Just run your defrag then boot from the #1 CD and you can resize and partition your drive from there. I have done this severeal times and have had no problems.

You can read this if you want something to go by.

I wrote that a while back. Now 9.2 is coming out. Do it again I guess.

Hope that helps.

Old 09-15-2003, 04:14 AM   #6
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yeah the mandrake linux installation gives you the option to resize your current windows partition and install the linux partitions on the empty space... it then sets-up your bootloader so you can choose wheather to load windows or linux at startup... and yes, it's good to scandisk and defrag your windows partition before the install... by the way, mandrake is a good choice for a first linux distro... i highly recommend version 9.1...

good luck...


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