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Hi ... I have a PC with a single physical HDD . I need to partition this HDD as follows : C:\ for holding the Windows XP Operating System , ...
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    XP , Red Hat Linux 9.0 & Partitining requirements !


    Hi ...

    I have a PC with a single physical HDD .

    I need to partition this HDD as follows :

    C:\ for holding the Windows XP Operating System , NTFS File System
    D:\ for holding my XP related work date , NTFS File System
    E:\ for holding the Red Hat Linux Partitions

    Following the article in the following link this is all possible :

    http://www.linuxforums.org/forum/viewtopic.php?t=3573

    Now , following that article , what partition type do I have to create
    ( Primary or Extended ) for the Linux file system ?
    Could Linux exist on an extended partition which also holds the D:\ logical drive ? Or it shold have its own ( Primary or Extended ) partition ?

    The picture is not yet clear to me ?

    I would rather let Linux boot loader take control of which OS to choose .

    Kindly give me the best partitioning plan for this kind of setup

    Thanks

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    A reccomended setup for beginners would be:

    Zeroth: bootloader installd in the MBR
    First: windowsXP
    Second: windowsXP
    Third: linux boot partition, 32MB
    Fourth: Extended partition for the following logical partitions
    Fifth: linux SWAP, no more than 512MB
    Sixth: linux root partition, the rest. (more than 5 GB if possible)

    the boot partiton contains the linux kernel and grub/lilo config files you would still install the actual bootloader in the MBR of the hard disk.

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    Hi ...

    My first concern begins from within the disk manager of XP . Its about the partition type I need to create/keep for Linux . This is a necessary step befor even starting the Linux installer .

    Next , I prefer to let the Linux installer do the Automatic partitioning for me .

    Please note that I want to keep the c:\ & d:\ for XP as noted in my first post .

    Thanks

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    the linux installer will do all the partitioning for you, it will preserve your existing XP installation. You don't need to create anything from within windows.

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    Hi ...

    I agree with you on that issue . But I need to know how to partition my drive first . In other words , how to leave a room for linux !

    Thanks

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    You would idealy want about 10GB for linux. The installer will make meaningfull sugestions as to the partitioning

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    I am leaving about 7 GB for Linux .
    I understand that the automatic partitioning feature of the Linux installer will take care of all the Linux-related partitions ( types , sizes , etc ) .

    Its just the type of free space I should leave for Linux !
    Should this be ( In XP terminology ) an Unallocated space , a Primary partition ( with no logical drives defined ) or an extended partition ( with no logical drives defined ) .

    I don't seem to know the how's and why's of this issue !

    Regards

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    you can leave empty space or a dos partition that you dont want. the installer should also be able to shrink existing FAT partitions dunno about ntfs though.

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    OK ... lets put it in another way ,

    Assume that I have created a 6 GB Primary partition for XP file system
    This whole partition now holds a single logical drive which is c:\ .

    Next I have to create another partition to hold my d:\ drive ( to be used from within XP ) . I assume I should make this an extended partition .

    Following this , should I now go on creating a separate partition for Linux ( I can only create a primary partition now ) or just keep the rest of the HDD as Unallocated ?

    I am doing all of this using the XP Disk Manager !

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    unallocated

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