August 5th, 2004, 04:20 AM
Dual Booting The System
Greeting's People. I'm currently in the process of deleting unwanted/needed file's and space on my current hard drive on box 1 (my main one, the one with Win98se). Now, I'm eventually planning on partitioning it to dual boot with Win98 and a linux distribution. Now I'm going to download the iso file's then burn them to CD and I'll have all that covered (probably all from linuxiso.org).
Now I'm not entirely sure how to go about the whole dual-booting process and how to make it work. I'm fairly new to the topic and I would like to know how to go about it once I have a linux installation CD ready. If anyone can perhap's give me a little step by step on partitioning the system to dual boot Win98 and say RedHat 9.0 then that would be great. Any help is greatly appreciated and I'd like to turn this into a discussion that could help future people that are new to Partitioning as well.
Oh and so we're clear, I did search AO a little bit and found very little. I didn't understand too much either.
August 5th, 2004, 04:31 AM
ok you obviously have windows already installed so get soemthing like partition magic that allows you to repartion your hdd without formatting .... decrease the windows partition to whatever size you want ... (make sure you windows partion stays as the first partition on the hdd) then create another partition of whatever size you want to install linux on and format it as a linux filesystem (linux setup will prolly do that for you) and finally create a third partition on your hdd (about 150 meg) as a linux swap partition
so on your hdd you will have :
first partition: windows with win98 installed
Second partition: where you will install linux (formatted to a linux filesystem)
third partition: linux swap partition
when you go to install linux it will ask you where you want to install it ... (point it to the second partition(your linux one)) and it will also ask you for a swap partition (point it to the swap partition you created)
setup should configure lilo automatically and then when you reboot after its all complete lilo should come up and give you the option to boot windows or linux ... if it doesnt you can always boot linux with a boot disk and then get a tutorial on how to setup lilo to boot either windows or linux (the lilo config file (which you would need to edit if it doesnt do it in setup automatically is lilo.conf)
hope this helps
if its confusing just ask for help
The size of your swap partition depends on the size of your linux partition i normally make it 100 meg
August 5th, 2004, 04:45 AM
Okay so to break it down: I get partition magic (wherever the bloody hell I get that) and I run that and set my partition size's. Create a partition for linux (whatever file size, probably somewhere close to half) and create another partition for the linux swap partition. From there, pop the Linux Installation CD in and follow the regular process. When it ask's where to install it, direct to second partition on my hard drive. When asked for swap partition, point to third. The setup should auto configure lilo which would ask me on bootup (or when I reboot) what to load (Win or Linux).
Do I have it or is there something I'm not understanding? And is there any reference site's you might have that could also help in the event I need it? Thanks again for the information.
August 5th, 2004, 04:50 AM
August 5th, 2004, 04:58 AM
I'm not worried about lilo (or configuring it for that matter). My last question is where do I get this partition magic?
August 5th, 2004, 05:04 AM
im not sure if you can get a trial version of it or not .... you dont necessarily need partition magic just a program that allows you to partition your hdd without having to format it ... so that way you can keep windows ... try www.download.com or www.powerquest.com
August 5th, 2004, 05:07 AM
Rat's.. no luck with either one. Unfourtunately I have to pay for it
August 5th, 2004, 05:10 AM
August 5th, 2004, 05:16 AM
Yeah, I don't plan on formatting a cot damned thing so that's out of the question. I'll just wait around for a little bit more help or a link to a download or whatever. But thanks, you've helped alot.
August 5th, 2004, 05:57 AM
www.newegg.com You could just buy a second hard drive. That would give you more space and a completely unpartioned drive for linux. They are fairly cheap @the egg the days. That's where I bought my seagate 120GB.
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