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kapil apshankar
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Joined: Dec 17, 2000
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I want to install Linux on my Win95 machine. First of all I would like to partition the harddisk in a non destructive fashion. I tried FIPS utility that came on my Linux CD, but it is not allowing me to partition the hard disk.
Can someone help me and tell how do I go about the installation and the partitioning process? What kind of partition is required to install Linux? Or is FDISK the only way out?

Hope this helps. Correct me if I am wrong.<p>Cheers <img src="smile.gif" border="0"> ,<br />Kapil
Peter Kristensson
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Joined: Jul 02, 2001
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You could try Partition Magic, from PowerQuest. That should take care of the partitioning problem. You will probably want two partitions for linux, one for the OS and binaries, and one for swap-space.
Partition Magic, has support for these two parition formats, and it shouldn't be a problem to set them up.
As far as the installation goes, if you have a reasonably new version of linux, just insert the install-cd and reboot (be sure to enter the cdrom as first boot-drive in you BIOS). Then you just follow the on-screens.
[This message has been edited by Peter Kristensson (edited August 03, 2001).]
ajit varangaonkar

Joined: Aug 10, 2001
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I have installed red hat 7.1 directly on my FAT drive. The installer asked me , the drive on which linux is to be installed.
I selected f: which was my normal FAT16 drive on machine running WINNT. so it's better you install this version. btw which linux do you use? Red hat 7.1 supports most of the hardware devices.
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If you are installing mandrake8.0 there is an option to install over an exsiting windows partition. This gives you a option to resize you existing windows partiton and install linux in the free space. No information should be deleted from the windws partiton. Im not sure if this option is available on other linux distro's, but i imagine that it would be. You can get the lastest and greatest version of mandrake @
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