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Whats up guys, Im really new at this stuff and I am trying to set up dual boot. I only have one drive and have already got windows xp set ...
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    Help Newbie set up Dual Boot


    Whats up guys,

    Im really new at this stuff and I am trying to set up dual boot. I only have one drive and have already got windows xp set up. Can someone lead me to a good tutorial or guide on how to resize and partition my drive with gpart or pm. Also would I need a separate partition to share files on? Lastly, does fedora automatically set up the dual boot part?

    Thanks for the help

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    Boot up through Gparted and resize windows partition. you will get free space. dont format that space...... boot up through Fedora Installation CD/DVD, select "use Unpartitioned/free space for installation"........ thats all...

    Dual Boot is default in Fedora ( in all Linux distros )... just click on all the default options proposed by installer....... you will have Dual Boot...

    in case, you find anything confusing during resizing/creating partitions in GParted, post your existing partition structure here......



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    c: 270 gig windows partition
    d: 8.5 gig recovery partition
    e,f,g,h,i,j - assigned to cd's and card readers

    do I need to make 2 new partitions, one for fedora and one to share files between windows and fedora?

    Also should I make the fedora partition fat32 ?

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    create two new partitions...

    1. FAT32 ---- for Data sharing between Windows and Fedora...
    2. Fedora--- dont format this partition....... leave it as unpartitioned/free space... no label... fedora uses ext3 file system. installer will format this partition itself.
    actually installer will divide this free space in three partitions... 1 boot. 2. root and 3. SWAP... let installer do whatever it ask..... just give it a free/unformatted space...




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    thanks for all the help

    any suggustions other than gpart that is free. I created the bootable live cd fine for gpart but it would not recognize my wireless usb keyboard. I even found an old usb to ps2 converter that I had for an old mouse but it still didnt work.

    Any suggustions?

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    Hi !

    try Partition Magic now....... i never recommend PM... it creates a lot of problems... be careful... only create/resize partitions with it. DON'T select anything else like linux format, boot magic etc.....




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    Hmm I really dont have an extra 60 bucks sitting around for me to use PM just one time. Is there any other programs I can use?

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    If you have the genuine microsoft cd, you could reinstall
    windows. When it begins to install, you could partition the disk
    to only give a certain amount of space to windows. The remaining
    unpartitioned space would then be available for installing linux.

    Most people hate to repartition and reinstall, but I find it less stressful
    than resizing an existing setup. It used to be the only way to do it.
    I am superstitious. I feel a resized partition has a greater chance
    of being unstable.

    If you google for it, you may find more than one free partition resizing
    program.

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    Thanks for the suggustion.

    My hp desktop didnt come with the windows cd. Plus I would really hate to format. Man, this task is beginning to be more dificult than i thought it would be

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    im having trouble finding a good free one. Anyone have any suggustions?

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