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    partitioning for gentoo


    Hi all.

    I want to install gentoo but not sure how to go about setting up my partitions as i also want to dual boot with windows which is occupying 2 primary partitions of my hard drive (meaning i only have another 2 primary partitions left without using an extended partition).

    My partition table looks like so

    /dev/hda2 NTFS (windows)
    /dev/hda3 Fat32 (windows)

    Now its my understanding that i will need to create another 3 partitions to house gentoo:
    1: The boot partition
    2. The swap partition
    3. The root partition

    In terms of fdisk can can you explain howd id go about setting these partitions up, and whether they need to be primary or extended? Thanks

    oh and btw, will i need a boot partition as i will be dual booting and using the windows boot.ini file to boot lilo which will boot gentoo.

    Thanks for any help

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    The partition guidelines are exactly what they are: guidelines. You dont have to follow them. I have alot of mem so i dont have a swap part. I also dont have a boot part. My drive looks like this:

    Code:
    Disk /dev/hda: 41.1 GB, 41110142976 bytes
    255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 4998 cylinders
    Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
    
       Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
    /dev/hda1   *           1        4998    40146403+  83  Linux
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    yeah try using cfdisk for that partitioning so that u can see what u r doing as you do it

    so thus you will partition like this
    • hda1 win primary
      hda2 win primary
      hda3 /boot primary
      hda5 swap logical
      hda6 / logical
      (hda4 will contain the map for the logical partitions)


    er...ummm ???
    oh and btw, will i need a boot partition as i will be dual booting and using the windows boot.ini file to boot lilo which will boot gentoo.
    you use lilo or grub to boot either win or linux or almost any other os out there



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