On Mon, 20 Nov 2006 16:09:59 -0000, <ddowney at maninvestments.com> wrote:
> Hi guys
>> I am looking at installing Ubuntu 6.10 on my Toshiba laptop and have a
> few questions regarding the installation.
>>> Which file system is read/write compatible with both WinXP & Linux, NTFS
> or FAT32? I read that it was the former but was then told by someone who
> has Linux that it is the latter? How do I check which my windows
> currently is, or make a section where I can swap files between the two
Use a FAT32 partition for files you'll want to access from both OS's. You'll be able to read the NTFS partition from Linux but you'll have issues writing to it.
>> Is it necessary to totally format my HD to install linux, thereby
> needing to reinstall WinXP?
>No. You'll be given the option to re-size the windows partition when installing Ubuntu (choose the option to Manually partition the drives).
> Can my HD be partitioned safely from within WinXP, or would I need to
> use something like FDisk?
You can do this from the Linux setup process. But be careful not to delete your WinXP partition.
>> Is there any minimum amount of HD memory required for Ubuntu? I have 30
> GB HD and was going to allocate 2-3Gb to linux. This should be grand,
> shouldn't it?
I'd go with 5 to be safe. It depends on how much you'll be installing on the Linux OS. If you're thinking of Games and stuff like that the more the better. You can have your 'Home' directory on a separate partition and so you might get away with 2-3G for the base install. You should be able to find a tutorial about all this on Google.
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