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Old 06-24-2004, 06:15 AM   #1
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installation linux on dell dim 2400 without uninstalling winxp

I am thinking about installing linux on my dell dimension 2400 desktop. I have a celeron 2.2 Ghz CPU with 256 MB RAM and 40 GB HD. I have not partitioned my HD jet. I don't want to lose any of the data i currently have on my HD and am wondering if i can just go ahead with the installation and partition my HD without losing anything that is currently on it? If it's possible, could someone give me a guide or a link to a guide on how to install linux as a second operation system without losing any of the data that already exists on your HD?
Old 06-24-2004, 07:09 AM   #2
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Yes it can be done. You will have to do some partioning. There are programs like Partition Magic available that can resize the current partition. My guess would you have one primary partition using the entire disk. With PQ magic you can make the current primary partition smaller. With a 40gig disk you should have enough space. After the primary is smaller with your data intact, insert the linux installation CD and start the install. Most distros allow you to create partitions, and format them during install. Then you will continue the installation.

Some things to do first.

1. Check out your hardware for compatibility with linux. Most distros have web sites, and offer lists of tested hardware. My early difficulties happened because I didn't take my own advice. The good news is forums like this one will helo you out, and eventually you will know much more about your system than you would have ever learned using windoze.

2. Think about booting two systems. Linux offers two boot loaders, Lilo and Grub. Search this forum, you will find lots of information and option's on which is best. I use Lilo. It has worked for me without error. You will install the boot loader during the Linux installation.

3. Using a program like PQ magic has its risks. Backup any data you consider critical first. I have been a PQ magic user for a long time. I have used it successfully on many occasions.

Hope this helps. Post back if you need more information to get started.
Old 06-24-2004, 07:34 AM   #3
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I've used the mandrake 9.2 disks to repartition my laptops hd during the install process with no problems at all (although i would recommend backing up any important data before hand)


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