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Hello all, I'm setting up an Linux install on my computer, but I'm facing a problem, which I havent found any answers. (maybe I just didnt search it on right ...
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    Linux newbie - What format on partition


    Hello all, I'm setting up an Linux install on my computer, but I'm facing a problem, which I havent found any answers. (maybe I just didnt search it on right places?) What format my Hard disk partition should be? I mean should it be FAT32, or what? could it also be NTFS?

    I'm going to install a Red Hat 9.2, so I would really love to know the pre-install reqruiments (I have tested my system on CD-auto loader Linux, and my computer hardware seems to be ok)

    Thanks for your efforts... and sorry for this stupid question

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    Linux uses it's own filesystems, ext3, reiserfs ect. While you cannot install Linux on a fat or NTFS partition, you can read and write to a fat 32 and read from an NTFS. If you plan on dual booting, install Windows first. If you want to share stuff between Windows and Linux, make a fat 32 partition during the RedHat install, it'll guide you through it. The RedHat install will guide you through everything, just don't select a install on whole drive option if you plan on dual booting.

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    You can install Linux on a FAT32 file system

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    Really? Well I take back what I said then.

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    i vote you use ext3 because it journals i.e. if your computer gots turned off improperly you can recover your data.
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    You can install Linux on a FAT32 file system
    while yes it is possible, it gets very tricky and is apprentlty not overly stable, i never tried but thats what ive heard.

    it doesnt matter what foramt ur driev is ATM, the redhat installer can resize/reformat existing partitions to something useable

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    I agree with hellmasker..... Dont install linux on a fat 32 filesystem...It runs extremely slow... I tried once and since then I am telling everybody who cares to listen to not install linux on a fat 32 filesystem.

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    well I installed linux on ext3 and partitioned a swap partition (fat32) to exchange data between windows XP and Linux, works great for me, thanks for the help!

    the help I've got in here helped me to install Linux, heh, so thanks once again!

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