[Posted and mailed]
> I don't even know if this is the right newsgroup, and the question
> may have been asked before, but here it goes:
> In order to install my Linux, I need to split a Windows disk parition,
> using FIPS 1.5.
> However, FIPS is complaining about an 'unknown file system' (0Ch).
My first guess is that this is a recently-purchased (i.e., in the last
year or so) Win95 system. If so, it may be using the relatively new
FAT-32, which your version of FIPS doesn't understand. I don't know if
there's an updated FIPS that does understand FAT-32, but you could have a
look for one. If you can't find it and this is the problem, the only
solutions I know of are:
1) Wipe the hard drive, re-install Win95 on a smaller partition, and then
install Linux in the remaining space. I don't know what the disks you
got with your system would permit in terms of partition sizes and
filesystems, so this one might conceivably not work at all if the
system restore utility is particularly inflexible. It'll also lose you
any applications you've installed or documents you've created, but it
might be worth trying if this is a pristine new machine.
2) Backup the FAT-32 partition(s), reformat them for ordinary FAT-16, and
restore everything. This will likely lose you a lot of disk space,
since FAT-16 wastes a lot of disk space on larger drives. You could
get around this by creating a bunch of small (e.g., <=255MB, or ideally
<=127MB) partitions in place of the one big on you've probably got, but
that's a pain.
3) Buy the commercial program Partition Magic, which does what FIPS does
and a whole lot more. Part of the "whole lot more," at least for the
latest versions, is that it understands FAT-32. It also includes the
Boot Manager that IBM ships with OS/2, which is prettier to use than
LILO, if you've got family members or something using your machine.
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