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I am dual booting between WIN2000 and Red Hat 7.2. I want to partion my drive that I have WIN2000 then Linux then a partion to store data that can ...
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    I am dual booting between WIN2000 and Red Hat 7.2. I want to partion my drive that I have WIN2000 then Linux then a partion to store data that can be accessed from both OS. Does someone know what would be best: to create and format the partion from windows and format it with FAT32 or to create the partion from LInux and what should it be formatted with?
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    easiest way to do this is install windows2k and in the install you can remove all partitions and create your own.

    Make like a 7GB chunk for windows, then install linux let GRUB dualboot for you (it will ask you to install a boot loader and it will detect windows, but call it DOS)

    make a 100MB /boot partition
    a swap partition of 2x yoour RAM in MB
    a / of 5-7GB or whatever you want

    and make a partiton of whats left as FAT32 for both windows and linux (if you want to) - you may need to do it from windows as i believ evfat cant make partitions over 2GB or so
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    I have a similer question. I just installed linux on my machine and removed windows all together but saved a lot of my files on an external usb drive with a fat32 partition and a NTFS partition. Now I can't view either of them. any help would be appreciated.

    thanks

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    Never mind I think I found it.

    thanks

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    I dont think linux mounts NTFS to well yet, but you can mount fat with vfat which is only alpha but I have not had any problems with:

    /dev/hda1 /c vfat defaults,gid=500,umask=002 1 2

    which mounts my windows C drive giving ownership to group 500 so members of 500 can write to it ( and not just root)

    you could modify the /dev/hda1 to whatever you are trying to mount
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    I was able to make the directory mnt/usbhd1 however when I try to mount the drive I type:]mount -t vfat /dev/sda1 /mnt/usbdh1

    this returns
    mount: wrong fs type, bad option, band superblock on /dev/sda, or too many mounted flie systems

    I opened my modules file and it reads
    usb-storage 62000 0
    usb-uhci 26188 0 (unused)
    usbcore 77056 1 [usb-storage hid usb-uhci]

    Now I know that the ntfs partition will not work because I have not yet installed the ntsf module but the fat32 partition should have mounted.
    I am running the 2.4.18-14 kernal
    also in my /proc/bus/usb directory the hard drive is listed in the devices file.


    ok did a little more digging at linux-usb.org and they say that the usb hard drive is listed as a scsi device. so I looked in /proc/scsi/ and sure enough the drive is listed in there on scsi0. so then I tried to mount -t vfat /dev/scsi0 /mnt/usbhd1 and it returns a "special device /dev/scsi0 does not exist."

    thanks in advance

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