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    If you have two different drives then partition magic isn't even needed. Just boot up with the linux cd and use cfdisk to partition your new drive.
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    The instaler in most distros will allow you to partition the disk and make filesystems on it as you wish.
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    >> If you have two different drives then partition magic isn't even needed. Just boot up with the linux cd and use cfdisk to partition your new drive.

    Actually what I would recommend, is using partition magic. From windows, setup your linux partitions, formating them does not matter just make a linux partition. If you are going to make only one you should make it around 5 gigs and you can just hit install everything on the installer. You will also need a swap partition. PM has this option also, just make one around 512 mb. That will do it. Then boot off your linux install disks, and when the installer asks you for partitions you should be able to clearly see your linux partition you created. It will ask you to choose a format for the hds, I personally prefer ReiserFS over Ext3, but there is little difference for what you are doing so either will be fine. Just dont choose Ext2 if it is still and option. From the installer you will have to select a boot loader, depending on distro you will choose Lilo, or GRUB. The installer should ask you if you want to install a loader, you do.

    I suggest using part magic because we are dealing with a beginner guys, running off a boot cd, mounting drive and partitions with cfdisk are good. That is of course what I also do. But did you do that on your first install? And if you did, was it done right.

    >> The instaler in most distros will allow you to partition the disk and make filesystems on it as you wish.

    This is also true, however depending on which distro you go with, you may or may not get a quality partitioning tool. To do it from windows would be alot more familiar to a windows user, cutting down on the chance of error. Also when booted in windows there is no question of which hd is which.

    again, beginner info. gotta start somewhere.

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    >Also when booted in windows there is no question of which hd is which.

    Windows won't show the Linux partitions because it can't understand them, so it won't really matter for it and for Linux you just have to look at its name to see where it's connected (which IDE channel and master/slave).

    As for distro partitoners, I liked the Mandrake (now Mandriva) one. It was graphical so it was easy to visualize how the HD was partitioned.

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    >> Windows won't show the Linux partitions because it can't understand them, so it won't really matter for it and for Linux you just have to look at its name to see where it's connected (which IDE channel and master/slave).


    I was referring to viewing them in partition magic, which will handle the linux paritions. but yes you are right windows wont show them in my computer. I just thought that it would be easier to do it from windows, since it is possible. I guess Mandrakes may be just as good? I havent used anything other than Slack for 5 or 6 years so I guess I havent seen the latest improvements... Just when it is my data, even though I love linux, when it comes to working with windows partitions (esp NTFS) I would rather use a quality native windows program, such as PM, if possible.

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    With NTFS you really want to use Windows at the moment. I've had problems with FAT32 partition-resizing under Linux as well. The partition was very fragmented, so there was data at the end, and I forced a resize and lost the whole Documents and Settings folder.

    The partitioner isn't anything new, Mandrake 9.0/1 had this and I really like it. Now I normally use Debian or SuSE so I don't get it. Mandriva will probably have them.

    I like partitonmagic. It's got a nice interface and you should use it if you think you'll be more confortable with it.
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