partitioning w/ mandrake 10

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    partitioning w/ mandrake 10

    im thinking of installing madrakelinux 10 and was wondering if it is possible to resize my current windows partition during the linux install? or is like windows where you wipe it clean? i know i could use partition magic but i dont wanna spend 50 bucks for a free os.

    ive never installed linux before but ive been reading up and i think im up to it

    thx

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    If you can manage to acquire a second hard drive then it would be much easier to simply use that for Linux and leave the Windows drive unchanged. However, Mandrake does support a feature that allows you to resize an NTFS partition. Just be sure to back up anything you do not want to lose.

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    yeah its going on a laptop so not possible to add hd...and thx for the info

    is it possible with suse and red hat also?

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    Red Hat and SuSE both offer the parted utility if I recall correctly, so it is possible with both.

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    make sure you defrag your windows drive first!
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    Defrag windows and then use mandrake (diskdrake specifically) to repartion.

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    why is it so important to defrag the windows drive first? Does the linux install majorly fragment my drive?

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    Well, the way I see it, if your drive is fragmented, it could be that the Linux install might come into conflict with some of the used space on the drive.
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    you mean when partitioning during linux install? i dont get it
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    Does nobody use fips anymore?

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    Quote Originally Posted by kermit
    Does nobody use fips anymore?
    what is fips? never heard of it...
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    Quote Originally Posted by ryan_germain
    what is fips? never heard of it...

    You can find fips here. There is some documentation on that page, as well as the utility.


    fips is a supposedly safer way of splitting your drive for partition - by safe meaning that you won't ruin your Windows install. Like somebody mentioned before though, make sure you defrag your drive before you do any partitioning.


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    Here's how it works ryan,
    windows set up a partition that uses 100% of your drive. You need to change that so that you can make room for linux because linux can't use write on an ntfs partition, so therefore it needs to have its own partitions. And since the windows partition is consuming the entire drive, it needs to be resized by diskdrake (the partitioning utility that you use during mandrake install). However, if your drive is badly fragmented, resizing it will cause you to lose data or worse, corrupt the whole partition and lose everything. That's why you need to defragment before you do anything.
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