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Old 10-11-2002, 03:49 AM   #1
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suse 8.1 and wind xp dual boot


would like to intall suse 8.1 on my windows xp rig,dual boot, a couple of questions.

1. do i have to reinstall windows xp on the fat 32 system, i quess that,s the only way suse can shrink the partition if i use just one partition.

2. shall i partition the hard drive into 2 partitions using the fat 32, such as a primary active partition, and a extended partition.

3. does wind xp go on first , and then xp

thanks ronss

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Old 10-11-2002, 04:23 AM   #2
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1.Utilities like partition magic can resize your partition without reinstalling XP. PM can convert different types too. (not sure for NTFS as it's compressed). As for fdisk or disk druid, I don't really know if they can resize NTFS.'s best you use FAT32 if you plan to read/write data on that partition if you're in SuSE.Make one FAT32 and leave one empty (not allocated) .I'm not sure how the setup in SuSE works, but you should be able to use fdisk or disk druid then.
3.First you install XP, then SuSE, least hassle that way.

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Old 10-12-2002, 04:17 AM   #3
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thanks for the info. susue cannot resize a nfts windows xp, but can resize a fat 32 windows xp during the partitioning phase.

i know how to use fdisk fairly efficiently, the reason i don,t like to use partition magic is that you cannot use fdisk on the drive again, if i remember okay. see ya ronss
Old 10-12-2002, 10:32 AM   #4
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If you do use PM on the drive, you can use fdisk after, but you need PM to finish it's job completely first. There's a thread in newbie right now of a member who really got screwed using PM because it didn't finish completely, so beware of that at least.



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