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    Install as a stand alone?


    I just bought Linux Suse 9.3, so I'm not all that experienced. Is it better to install without any Windows XP located on the hard drive, where I install Linux Suse all by inself in a freshly formatted hard drive within three partitions?
    I been trying to read through the Administration Guide book before making the attempt to install.

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    I would say that it depends on whether you feel you need to keep XP or not. You can still keep XP and install SuSE and have a dual boot of Windows and Linux. You'll just need to create a partition for SuSE using a partition tool, maybe Partition Magic, and during the start of the installation, SuSE will propose a partition configuration that you can accept or manually edit yourself.

    Hope this helps you and good luck with the installation. SuSE is great!

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    Re: Install as a stand alone?

    Quote Originally Posted by managerdan
    I just bought Linux Suse 9.3, so I'm not all that experienced. Is it better to install without any Windows XP located on the hard drive, where I install Linux Suse all by inself in a freshly formatted hard drive within three partitions?
    I been trying to read through the Administration Guide book before making the attempt to install.
    When I started out with linux i had the mixture of win and linux as multi-boots( i have a small lan with several boxes). But since I do alot of 'experimenting'/tweeking/messing around i have since gone to linux only and win only boxes (all multi-boot) and don't have near as many issues now.

    That's my 2cents worth.
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    Suse has a great partitioning tool that can resize NTFS without damaging it.
    Suse by default will set you up waitha dual-boot with Windows.
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    Quote Originally Posted by budman7
    Suse has a great partitioning tool that can resize NTFS without damaging it.
    Suse by default will set you up waitha dual-boot with Windows.
    This brings up a question I have for you budman7. How can you resize a linux partition with linux if you can't be mounted on the partition you want to resize? I hit that trapdoor yesterday!
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    I don't think you can.
    If you are on the cd/dvd you can do it.
    If you are on hda4, and you want to resize hda5, you can do that.
    But, if you are on hda4 you can't resize hda4.
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    Re: Installation as a stand alone.

    So, a Linux only installation makes for the best installation in the long run. I have a back up hard drive, so I could go back to XP anytime although I don't see that happening.
    I'm now getting closer to making the jump over to Suse. Thank you all for responding/help.

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    Quote Originally Posted by budman7
    I don't think you can.
    If you are on the cd/dvd you can do it.
    If you are on hda4, and you want to resize hda5, you can do that.
    But, if you are on hda4 you can't resize hda4.
    Well I ran both ways. Even with install cd no joy. I think the only way is if you have 3rd part as native - as you say re hda4 to 5. I only had 2 parts so obviously could'nt do it. Well I just repartioned and made 4 and insatlled both suse and slack and left room to install debian which ordered I today.

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    Re: Installation as a stand alone.

    Quote Originally Posted by managerdan
    So, a Linux only installation makes for the best installation in the long run. I have a back up hard drive, so I could go back to XP anytime although I don't see that happening.
    I'm now getting closer to making the jump over to Suse. Thank you all for responding/help.
    I think that is a good decision and you are welcome. See you down the road.
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    Dear All Linux Admins.

    I just bought Linux Redhat 10 fedora project... and i didn't have any expereians to install Redhat on Compaq Laptop. Now I just creat 3 partiton:
    1- C: NTFS 10GB for WinXP SP2
    2- D:NFS 5GB for Linux
    3- E: FAT32 5GB for Files
    And i have External HDD 20GB more.

    I want to install XP SP2 first and then i will install Linux Redhat, but when i complete with Linux..WinXP was error. How can i do?

    And can you send me a file for linux install?

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