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    Install from One Partition to Another


    Basically, my problem is that I have no way to boot. Both the CD and Floppy Drives are broken, and my computer will not boot off the USB memory stick. Not to mention no network card. The computer runs in Windows ME. Basically, I was hoping to create a separate partition on the 6 GB HD without erasing the HD, then install Damn Small Linux onto the empty half. Then I would be able to boot in Windows ME or DSL. The only problem is that I have no idea how to do this. It has been suggested to me to use Partition Magic 8.0. I will try this, but I need to know if what I want to do is even possible.

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    What I would do s pull the hard drive, put it into another computer, dowhat you want to do. Put the files on the partition created.
    Then put the hard drive back into the machine and install DSL.

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    Well, I can get files over to the computer using my memory stick and iPod, so that is not a problem. This is a laptop, and I do not have access to another one, so I would not be able to swap the HD. Is there a way to boot from the windows partition and install linux onto a separate one? Or, is there anyway to get it on there any other way?

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    Now that I think about it. The solution I gave, won't work either. Because there is no way to start the installation.

    There was another thread that said, if you had a certain piece of equipment, you could put the laptop hard drive into a desktop pc.

    What is wrong with the floppy/cd drives? Can they be repaired/replaced?

    That would be the best thing to do.
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    What do you mean there is no way to start the installation? What I want to know is, is there a way to boot and install from one partition onto another one that is not being booted from. Does Linux have to be installed from a CD?

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    Cd or floppy is needed to initiate the installation.
    Please correct me if I am wrong in this, but I do not know of another way.
    Once the install is started, you can use the data from the hard drive.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mur
    What I want to know is, is there a way to boot and install from one partition onto another one that is not being booted from.
    This is NOT clear at all to me. Yes and No depending on what you are getting at.

    Does Linux have to be installed from a CD?
    You can install from one of these sources of which you have ruled out all but one as far as I can tell:
    1. You can install from a remote computer if you are on a network (and it does'nt sound like you are).

    and the two you say you do not have the hardware for.
    2. CD/DVD
    3. Floppy
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    OK, let me try to clarify. If this is possible I would like to partition my hard drive into two halves. Lets call them A and B. A would hopefully have windows ME on it. I was hoping that I could put the linux install files on A, then boot off A. Then I could install Damn Small Linux from A onto B. Then I could hopfully restart and boot off B.

    Does this make sense?

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    It makes sense to me.
    The problems I see are:
    1. How to partition the drive with no cd.
    2. How to start the install. Windows doesn't understand how to execute a Linux file. It is not like the kernel has an exe extension.

    If I were you O would search Google/ebay for a laptop floppy or cd.
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    I suggest getting a whole new box with that hardware.

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