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Old 10-31-2001, 10:34 AM   #1
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RedHat 7.1 AND WinXP


Hi, I have just bought a sony vaio laptop with preinstalled winXP. I want to install RedHat 7.1 as a dual boot. The machine has a 20GB hard disk with two partitions.

c: 7GB FAT32

I have the reinstall disks for winXP and also REdHat 7.1. I understand that there are issues installing RedHat 7.1 on NTFS but not clear about what they are. Im unable to use fips to partition the NTFS drive to install linux.

Can anyone help me out with this .. pleaseeeeeee

thanks in advance

Old 07-02-2002, 11:29 AM   #2
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I've been looking at the ups and downs of re-partitioning prior to installing RH7.3 onto a Toshiba notebook with a 20Gb drive, with 1 large FAT32 Win98SE partition ...

I did a search on linuxquestions for "fips", which is how I found your post.
You may find want you want by looking thru the posts on this subject, or similar.
It seems that FIPS does not work with NTFS partitions. You could perhaps try Partition Magic (anyone know whether this can re-size NTFS?).

Apart from that, to re-size the NTFS partition, you will have to copy all your files off it (don't do a "disc-image" backup tho), delete it with Microsoft FDISK, then create a smaller partition, MS-FORMAT it, and copy your files back in. (Since Windows is presumably on the FAT32 C:,
you may even be able to back up your D: (NTFS) files onto C: temporarily.)

This whole partitioning/installation/1024 cylinder limit area is a major impediment to the popularity of Linux, and deserves:
- a definitive FAQ with proven answers to problems
- improved software to change Windows partition sizes, both down
and up, on both FAT32 and NTFS filesystems.
- Note that I said "up" for Windows partition re-sizing. Some of us
might want to restore the original configuration before disposing
of the computer!

- Richard -

Last edited by fredb6323; 07-02-2002 at 11:35 AM.
Old 07-03-2002, 05:38 PM   #3
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RH 7.3 and WinXP

Linux doesn't support NTFS by default, but you can get drivers for it. The drivers to support NTFS aren't advised to be used because they have caused loss of all information from hard drives. I have WinXP home and RedHat 7.3 on my computer. I created a 25 gig part for winXP and 15 gig for RH. The 1024 limit isn't much of a problem anymore, unless you have a really old computer, but I wouldn't advise running XP on it either. I chose not to use the full hard drive in the XP setup. If you have any information you want, back it up. Installing linux and windows on the same partition would make the folders kinda messy. Don't do it. It would work with fat32 which is another option in XP's setup, but still don't do it. You should be able to mount a fat32 partion without trouble, but I wouldn't install linux on one. Basically, to get linux and windowsXP on the same computer, you'll need to repartition the hard drive with the xp setup disk, if you can. I don't know how the sony restore cd's work. I know windows would yell if you tried to repartition the c drive to linux, If you remove everything you can off of the c drive, you may be able to put linux on it. Lilo in Redhat 7.1 will let you install to higher than cylinder 1024 as long as your bios can handle it. Your bios should. I'm not too much of an expert with this stuff, but I do have windows xp and linux together. If you do use fips to resize your 7gig partition, don't forget to defrag to get all the information to the begining of the drive, you don't want to accidentally take the end of the partion when there is information there.


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