Find the answer to your Linux question:
Page 1 of 2 1 2 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 17
Ok, I want to install Fedora, however, RedHat's guide to creating a dual-boot system is foggy at best (useless at worst). So, I just want to load Fedora onto my ...
Enjoy an ad free experience by logging in. Not a member yet? Register.
  1. #1
    Just Joined!
    Join Date
    Sep 2005
    Posts
    29

    I Need Some Help with Partitions


    Ok, I want to install Fedora, however, RedHat's guide to creating a dual-boot system is foggy at best (useless at worst).

    So, I just want to load Fedora onto my machine which currently runs WinXP, what's the easiest way to do that?

  2. #2
    Linux Enthusiast
    Join Date
    Aug 2005
    Location
    Hell
    Posts
    514
    You first need to resize the Windows partition(s) with a program like Partition Magic, DiskDrake, GParted, QtParted, etc. to leave enough space for the Linux partitions. The installer should be able to place partitions correctly on this free space. The installer should also allow to set up the bootloader (GRUB) to have options to boot to the Windows partitions. The Fedora Core installation guide should have information on how to do that.

  3. #3
    Just Joined!
    Join Date
    Sep 2005
    Posts
    29
    OK, so I have to make a partition on Windows, then when I'm installing Linux I what?

  4. #4
    Linux Guru smolloy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2005
    Location
    CA, but from N.Ireland
    Posts
    2,414
    Quote Originally Posted by JKwingsfan
    OK, so I have to make a partition on Windows, then when I'm installing Linux I what?
    No. You have to resize the windows partition.

    To explain -- at the moment your hard drive probably only has one partition on it (I'm guessing, but it's a reasonable guess), and that's the one that windows is sitting on.

    Now you can't put another operating system on the same partition as windows, cos windows (and most other operating systems) does not play well with others. So you will have to shrink the size of the partition which contains windows to make room for another partition. It is on this other partition that you will want to install linux.

    Understand??

    You'll probably want to do a bit of searching around (Google is King ) for advice on partition sizes, types, etc. and to see which setup will work best for you. But stick with it -- it's not as scary as it sounds!

    Good luck
    Registered Linux user #388328 || Registered LFS user #15880
    AMD 64 X2 4600+ :: 2X1GB DDR2 800 :: GeForce 9400 GT 512MB :: ASUS M2N32 Deluxe :: 4X250GB SATAII
    Need instant help? Try us on IRC -- #linuxforums on freenode

  5. #5
    Linux Engineer
    Join Date
    Jan 2005
    Location
    Chicago (USA)
    Posts
    1,028
    Both above forgot the first step: defragment your drive on Windows. then resize, just to be safe.

  6. #6
    Just Joined!
    Join Date
    Sep 2005
    Posts
    27
    chack this out!

    http://www.linuxforums.org/forum/topic-55323.html

    i think it will be usefull

  7. #7
    Just Joined!
    Join Date
    Sep 2005
    Posts
    2
    Ok my question is the same. lets just see if I got this right. Now for example,

    I have a copy of linux that was just handed to me. Fedora. I Install PM and lets say I give XP 40Gig. That leaves the other 40 gig free for linux? I would want to install it fully on as much space as possible. Now when I pop in Fedora is it just a matter of following the prompts to install Linux on the that 40gig partition free drive. I would like to dual boot first before I switch fully.

    So is that right?


    This is my first post, and new to this forum.

    Thanks.

  8. #8
    Linux Guru smolloy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2005
    Location
    CA, but from N.Ireland
    Posts
    2,414
    That all sounds right, but there is one other thing I would do with PM. In the free 40Gig I would use PM to create a "swap" partition that is about twice the size of your RAM (but there's not much point making it bigger than 1Gig). Put this right at the start of the free space.

    As far as I remember this is relatively easy to do in PM.

    And as "a thing" reminder me, defragging is extremely important!!
    Registered Linux user #388328 || Registered LFS user #15880
    AMD 64 X2 4600+ :: 2X1GB DDR2 800 :: GeForce 9400 GT 512MB :: ASUS M2N32 Deluxe :: 4X250GB SATAII
    Need instant help? Try us on IRC -- #linuxforums on freenode

  9. #9
    Linux Engineer
    Join Date
    Jan 2005
    Location
    Chicago (USA)
    Posts
    1,028
    It will be really easy to select the partition(s) to use with Fedora (and just about any distro).

  10. #10
    Just Joined!
    Join Date
    Sep 2005
    Posts
    29
    Alright, I have a single partition drive (I know that much) so lemme get this straight, I don't have to take any steps prior to installation (aside from defragging), and while installing I set the partitions?

Page 1 of 2 1 2 LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •