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Linux - Red Hat 7.2

Hunter Green

Joined: Nov 02, 2001
Posts: 6
Hi all,
I'm about to install Linux red Hat version 7.2. Being new to the Linux world, at first my plan was to put it on a different machine. However, the more I read I am lead to believe that I can install Red Hat on a machine that runs Windows 2000. I know the easy way would be to format my machine and partition, and continue from there. But who wants to take the easy way ?
I'd like to know if anyone knows if it is possible to partition a drive that currently has the windows platform running on it. I have a 20GB drive, with about 7GB free space. I'd like to partition and install Linux in that free space.
Any comments would be appreciated.
Greg Harris
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Joined: Apr 12, 2001
Posts: 1012
i have RedHat 7.1 running on a machine with win98 and win2000... but i built it from scratch and partitioned my hdd before the installation.
you can use tools like "partition magic" to partition your hdd, but i have not tried it before. the only problem i have with putting RedHat on the same hdd as win98/2000 is that when i have a problem with windows and have to reformat, i lose my RedHat installation.
so, i just bought another hdd and put it in my computer. now i have 2 hdd's. one with the windows installations and one for RedHat. i suggest you do the same because:
1. hdd's are not that expensive
2. you will not have to worry about reformatting the other OS
3. you will not have to worry about partitioning

Guy Allard
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Joined: Nov 24, 2000
Posts: 776
Couple of comments:
1) Partition magic works well, I've used it on several machines.
2) Depending on which 7.2 package you got ... not sure how it's install is set up ...... with 7.1, if you wanted to install the 'full server', all existing partitions on the HD would be deleted.
Have fun ....
Rowan Brownlee
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Joined: Aug 07, 2000
Posts: 97
For partitioning, I can recommend the Ranish partition manager as a free and powerful alternative to partition magic.
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Joined: Nov 22, 2008
Posts: 18944
Recouting from my own experience, I recently had to through the same ordeal and Partition Magic 6.0 served the purpose well and everything went quite smoothly without any problem (and continues to be so). I played around a bit and found that even 2gb of hard disk space was enough to install Redhat. But you will definitely need much more if you planning to host any applications on Redhat. But as some have already pointed out, the best thing would be to have Linux on a 2nd HD.
Jeff Binnig

Joined: Jul 02, 2001
Posts: 13
I bought removable drive cases. They work rather well and cost about $100 for 3 drives. Just turn off the machine, swap drives, and turn back on. You need an open 5.25in. drive bay and set your BIOS to auto for HDD detection unless all the drives are the same.
I have Windows 2000 for Microsoft development, Win98 HDD for games, and Linux HDD running Red Hat 6.2. Has really extended the use of my computer.
Mostly Microsoft developer VB, SQL Server, ASP, COM+. Working towards Java Progammer cert. Linux enthusiast.

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Jeff Binnig

Joined: Jul 02, 2001
Posts: 13
Partition Magic is also very handy, as is fdisk (Linux flavor) and fips.
Mostly Microsoft developer VB, SQL Server, ASP, COM+. Working towards Java Progammer cert. Linux enthusiast.
Hunter Green

Joined: Nov 02, 2001
Posts: 6
Thanks guys,
Because I am running windows 2000 Advanced Server I ended up using a second hard drive. Leaves a lot less risk for experiment while at a beginner lever.

Joined: Jul 10, 2001
Posts: 2
check out my page at
there's a link on exactly how to setup linux using partition magic.
Good luck!
Don't get me started about those stupid light bulbs.
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