I have been helping a number of students install Linux on their
home PCs so they can practice with Linux outside of class time.
We're working with existing Windows 95/98 installations, so
we use fips to non-destructively create a Linux partition:
1. Run scandisk on C: (say)
2. Run defrag
3. Run FIPS: Resize C: and create new partition
and then install Linux.
However, the machine I'm trying to install on now is causing
a problem, in that I cannot use FIPS to create a new partition.
Of a 3GB hard-drive, 1.3GB are free. However, after defragging,
FIPS is only able to allocate 240MB for a new partition. It appears
that there is a system file towards the end of C: that defragging
will not move.
I thought that if I switched off the virtual memory and deleted
the swap file that I could then do a full defrag and create
enough space for a second Linux partition, but when I tried that
before it rendered Windows 98 unbootable. (Same situtation occurred
previously: 4GB disk, 2GB free, only 250MB available for FIPS).
Does anyone know of a solution?
Would parted fare any better, or is there any way to move the
Windows system files?
P.S. I know this is a week late, but well done to the organisers
of Linux World. What I saw of it was very good. Unfortunately
that was limited to Saturday afternoon due to personal commitments.
Looking forward to the next one already.
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