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Old 10-09-2004, 12:38 PM   #1
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Partition help for dual-boot WinXP and RH9

Hey all
I'm about to install Red Hat 9 on my machine, dual-booting it with WinXP, and I wanted to do it properly Could you help?

Here's where I stand. I have one 40GB hardisk with two partitions - C: and D: (as WinXP reads them).

Windows XP is installed in D: drive, and C drive is virtually free (a few files... less than 100KB). C: drive has the capacity of 18.6 GB and I plan to provide Red Hat 9 6 GB here.

Now here's the 'thing'. I want to split partition C: into two so that one has 6GB of space (for RH9) and other the remaining (for WinXP to use). At the same, I want the other partition (D: drive, the one with WinXP) untouched. How can I do this?

Will the option Keep my current partitions and use existing free space under Automatic Partition work here?

If not, how do I configure that hda1 be split into two?

I'd appreciate any help
Old 10-11-2004, 06:14 AM   #2
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it is possible to change patrition size, move or merge partitions with programs such as PQ partition magic. but it is a little risky.

first backup all of the data in your all of partitions!!! then delete C partition (dont forget to backup boot.ini ntldr and other system files in C:\ ). create C again with the size that u want. set active that partition. format it then copy back that sytem files to C:\. now u have unpartitioned space to install linux. install linux. the option "Keep my current partitions and use existing free space" will work now. but u will have a trouble about booting XP. u must edit c:\boot.ini and give correct partition of XP. mine is in 2nd partition. yours will be probably in 3rd or 4th maybe 5th patition

here is my disk:
root@teknik shell-scripts]# /sbin/fdisk -l
Disk /dev/hda: 30.7 GB, 30750031872 bayt
16 kafa, 63 sektör/iz, 59582 silindir
Birimler = silindir / 1008 * 512 = 516096 bayt
Aygıt Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/hda1 * 1 34553 17414428+ c W95 FAT32 (LBA)
/dev/hda2 34553 59575 12611025 f W95 Ext'd (LBA)
/dev/hda5 34553 44721 5124703+ 7 HPFS/NTFS
/dev/hda6 44722 55286 5324728+ 83 Linux
/dev/hda7 55287 55806 262048+ 82 Linux takas

[mesut@teknik shell-scripts]$ cat /mnt/win/boot.ini
[Boot Loader]
[Operating Systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition[B](2)[B]\WINDOWS="M$ xp Pro Tr" /fastdetect
C:\="M$ win 98 Se Tr"

good luck.
Old 10-15-2004, 04:52 AM   #3
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Hey, thanks for this!

Sorry about the late response. Incidentally I read this post too late. I tried PQ Paritition Magic 8 and it failed to split C!! It destroyed my master boot record when I tried to merge the pieces together. And I had to install Windows 2000 Advanced Server on my partition. I couldn't access the internet because I had my modem drivers for WinXP only lol. Anyway, I'll try to fix it today.

Thanks for this On my next attempt, I'll make sure I follow these closely


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