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Old 01-04-2006, 08:29 PM   #1
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problem in installation of mandriva 2006

I am a new user of linux.On my computer I have windows xp .My c drive is in ntfs file system.When i tried to install mandriva 2006
via ftp installation.It goes fine till mounting comes.Then it syes :-
win_c cannot be mounted , and here it stops installation.
Then I tried to install by cd (iso image).But in this case same problem happened.Could please anybody help me.
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Old 01-05-2006, 05:12 PM   #2
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Well, NTFS presents some problems for Linux. I think that most major Linux distros (SUSE, Fedora, Gentoo) are able to resize an existing NTFS partition, which is what I assume you want to do (i.e. keep Windows, make a dual boot system) but maybe Mandrake is unable do this?
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I used the Mandriva installer to resize the NTFS partition on the laptop I just bought, and I've used it before in the past with no problem. At what stage in the installer does this error occur?
Old 01-06-2006, 04:05 PM   #4
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Mandriva repartitions very very well.

Before you started to try to install did you defragment XP?

When you repartition it is like dividing a room by putting up stud walls - youve got to move the furniture out of the way first!

When you defragment it moves all your XP stuff to one end of the disk, leaving space for the new partitions.

When Mandrive gets to the partitioning stage, it will offer options including using space in your windows partition.
Old 01-06-2006, 05:29 PM   #5
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Smile Defraging Windows

Another way to help defrag is to move large blocks of files off the windows partition, defrag, then move them back.

Also reducing the windows swap file size to a minimum, 50Mb. Mine is currently 1024Mb, before rebooting to start the linux install.

Disk cleanup is handy some times. This helps getting around the hidden/system files/archives of files long forgotten and unused that won't be moved during defrag. Like stored backups after M$-update, and not to forget registry restore points.

You probably know all that anyway.

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