> I am trying to installing Slackware Linux on my 2nd hard drive. The
> PC is currently running Windows 95. Disk drive size is 4 GB. The
> drive is set up with a DOS extended partition -- Logical drive D is
> 2GB, Logical Drive E is 1 GB. This leaves 1 GB free for other
> The Linux fdisk see no available space on this drive. According to
> the SAMS book I'm using, "You can install Linux on an extended
> partition ... if you're using a logical DOS drive and want to install
> Linux in its place, delete the logical drive with MS-DOS fdisk. Then
> you can create a logical drive for use with Linux in its place."
> Do I need to reduce the size the DOS extended partition and then
> install Linux or is there a way to install Linux partitions within the
> extended DOS partition ?
AFAIK, no. What I did was delete the logical drive, resize the extended
partition w/DOS fdisk, readd the logical drive (I really HATE DOS!),
replaced files on that drive, and then rebooted to Linux, and setup the
rest of the free space on that drive as a Linux native partition.
Of course, I have two physical hard drives, with one as Linux, and the
other as above. For just one drive, Linux will run better on its own
native partition, but there IS a distribution that can be installed on
top of DOS in its own directory. Why you would do this, I don't know;
Linux is my primary OS. I use Windows very rarely and prefer booting to
BTW, you might want to consider reducing your Windows partitions to
around 1G anyhow. The way you have it is wasting a lot of space due to
sector size. If you store a file (say, 1 byte) it will still claim the
full sector, leaving the remainder unused. Smaller partitions (in DOS)
result in smaller sectors, thereby assuring less wasted space. And I
would give more space to Linux, 2G at least (just my bias speaking,
If I'm wrong, please, somebody correct me! :)
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