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Old 10-06-2003, 03:53 PM   #1
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Unhappy Windows and Mandrake 9.1 installation

Ok, so I installed Mandrake 9.1 about a month ago on a completely clean hard drive and so far so good, my only complaint is that the software that comes w/ it is out of date, and I'm such a newbie that I'm still figuring out how to update it...
Which brings me to my windows/Mandrake question, since I've decided I want both on my computer. How the heck do you install windows and Mandrake on the same hard drive? I've tried using the partition program on the installation cd (pretending like I'm going to install, and the killing the whole application once I repartition the drives) and then inserting the windows Me cd (Dell factory copy). I then get an error after windows formats my "c" drive that it can't reda the end of my harddrive, and it needs to run scandisk. About halfway through, it finds a bad cluster, can't fix it, and then I get frustrated and re-install Mandrake (I've tried this about 3 times). I have a boot cd for windows me that I've tried to run, but that doesn't work either.
So how do I do this? I could try XP as well, if that makes a difference. Thanks so much!
Old 10-06-2003, 04:40 PM   #2
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A typical way is to:

Install Windows 1st leaving some unpartitioned space on the end of your drive for Linux to go on later.

Install Mandrake 2nd - if you're new to Linux an automatic partitioning option is fine - choose the option to keep all existing partitions and install in the free space (ie you want to keep any existing Windows partitions and automatically set up partitions in the free space remaining)

Install LILO to the MBR.

On reboot - if the Windows installation isnt configured right it is usually a simple matter of adding an appropriate entry to lilo.conf for Windows.

(Remember - if youre thinking of XP - a seperate FAT32 partition is advisable (to be used to share data) as Linux can't write to NTFS succesfully yet)

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Old 10-06-2003, 04:45 PM   #3
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ok, but what about all the strange hard drive errors I was getting? and if I did want XP, how would I partition the drive so that the proper file systems would work w/ the proper OS-es?

Thanks so much!
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If you do what Skyline says there should be no problem.
Old 10-06-2003, 05:09 PM   #5
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I had tried something simmilar and got the funny errors, however I shall try what Skyline says step by step and see
Old 10-06-2003, 05:22 PM   #6
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also, your windows cd might want to take over the whole harddrive - that's what happens for me. In that case, let it take the whole harddrive (if necessary, reformat the drive with one partition for the whole drive). Start windows, defragment, and then let the mandrake installer repartition your drive and make room for itself.


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