Declan Moriarty wrote:
> Recently, Somebody Somewhere wrote these words
>>>> i'm currently using win2000 and have been dabbling with some
>> small linux distributions. my system currently has an 80gb hd
>> partitioned into 2 32gb partitions as windows 2000 doesn't seem
>> to like making fat32 partitions greater than 32gb. i didn't use
>> ntfs as linux doesn't easily handle those from what i can
>>>> is there a partitioning format that will give me a large single
>> partition that windows and linux can share? even a separate
>> boot partition for windows and linux and sharing the majority of
>> the drive for data.
>>>> thanks in advance, moylan
>>>>>> Everything you have been told so far is good advice. Dodge ntfs.
>> Windows screws up regularly, and your dual booting needs are usually
> best served with something like:
>> hda1 - small /boot partition, presuming you are using grub. I had
> grub write 15 sectors of the first partition on me, doing major
> damage to the dos based installation of the day. There then began
> a series of arguments with norton utilities as to where the disk
> actually began. I don't remember the details but it was bad.
>> hda2 - drive c: programs & windows
> hda<any> - drive d: data/common ground
> rest - linux & swap
>> That way, grub and windows can have their bad hair days, and you
> survive. As soon as you install grub, boot linux and save boot
>> dd if=/dev/hda of=~/hdabootsec bs=512 count=1
> dd if=/dev/hda1 of=~/hda1bootsec bs=512 count=1
>> Then get your backup system in order, as windows insists on
> rewriting the boot record every (re)install, and you lose access to
> linux. I boot off tomsrtbt, and dd the boot records back (switch
> the 'if' and 'of' arguments), and grub returns.
>>> With best Regards,
>>> Declan Moriarty.
>>>i want to thank everybody for the quick, varied and interesting
responses. i've some ideas i can give a try over the weekend. fingers
crossed i can get rid of all the partitions and have just one drive.
i'll setup a new drive using this info and give it a month to see if it
develops any problems with one huge partition. then after that i'll
probably go with the partitioning suggested by declan moriarty above.
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