From: Brian O'Donoghue (Brian.ODonoghue at domain kbs.ie)
Date: Fri 06 Sep 2002 - 23:04:10 IST
> Hello ILUG Gurus.. and particularly those of you who use linux on their
> laptops! I have a dell laptop (latitude c640), and am about to risk
> everything on my hard drive by installing linux, so I have a couple of
> questions first that I hope you can help me with:
> The hard drive has 30GB space. I intend to give 5GB to linux. At the
> the partitions are:
> 1. Dell Utility partition. 70MB FAT primary
> 2. c drive: 6.5GB FAT32 primary
> 3. d drive: 23GB FAT32 primary
> 4. unallocated space ?MB primary
> OS: Windows 2000 professionnel.
> The 5 gigs I intend to take from the D drive space. I'd like to install
> debian linux. Am I correct in thinking I need 2 partitions for Linux? One
> for ext2 and one for swap? And that maximum primaty partitions is 4?? Can
> Linux be installed in a logical/extended partition, with the ext2 and swap
> partitions both in the logical/extended partition. Any recommendations on
> best way to resize the d drive to make space for linux? I dont have
> partition magic. Fips doesnt work in a windows environment. Windows2000
> doesn't offer the possibilty to "restart in dos". I am not sure if I need
> the X Window System to be installed with linux. command line might be
> for me. Would I be foolish not to install X? (I have Linux, &X running on
> desktop at home).
> Any help would be great. Thanks a lot.
Resize partition 3.
Then create an extended partition in it and logical partitions within the
Par example in Mandrake once you resize your 3rd partition (having
remembered to defragment it first) if you just hit the autoallocate button
in the Mandrake installer the intall program will make the decisions for
If you want to be a little bit more hands on for your first time.
3 partitions for Linux at least.
Where hda4 is your extended partition had1 is the Dell utility partition
had2 is your C: drive and had3 your D: drive.
One for your root partition / hda5 --Make this one big
One for your swap swap hda6
And one for /home hda7 such that if you have to nuke your distro on hda5 you
don't loose all of your personal information, development stuff, mp3's or
The best way to resize the drive is probably through the Mandrake supplied
utility's or the same one's supplied with Red Hat / SuSE.... which for your
first time should be intuitive enough..........
Then install lilo as your boot loader... or grub if you prefare....
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