1. Please help a confused LINUX wannabe.
I worked on a UNIX SPARC system as an engineering application programmer in
a few years ago, so have some familiarity with that OS as a user, but never
as a SysAdmin.
I've got a new Gateway PC currently running Windows 98 and would like to add
LINUX as an alternative operating system. I'd be using LINUX as just a
system and would like to boot up to either LINUX or Windows as the need
I purchased Red Hat 5.1 and Partition Magic 4.0.
I'm somewhat confused as to the way I need to partition the hard drive to
both OSs. The hard drive is a Maxtor 91020D6, 10.2 Gb, and per specs is:
3 Disks, 6 Physical heads, 16 Logical heads, 19265 Cylinders, 63
512 Bytes/sector. It appears to be set up using LBA. I initially ordered
Gateway with two equal partitions which are now set up as logical DOS drives
and D: and configured FAT32. I thought I'd use about half the drive for
the other half for LINUX.
If I understand the RH 5.1 manual and what I've read on this newsgroup,
the Windows and LINUX boot partitions have to be below 1024 cylinders
(approx 10.2 * 1024/19265 = 542 Meg), and Windows has to come first,
so my partitioning scheme would have to be something like this:
Windows drive C: (max size about 530 Meg)
LINUX /boot/ (about 10 Meg)
The rest of Windows as drive D: (or multiple logical drives.)
The rest of LINUX in several partitions, i.e., /root/, /home/, etc.
Is this correct? (I'd really prefer to have a larger partition for Windows
drive C:, if only because the initial factory installation of Win 98 and
stuff occupied close to 1 Gb. )
I'm confused about the LBA and FAT32. What do I have to do about LBA for
LINUX setup? Will I be able to read or copy Windows data files (ASCII or
Graphics) from LINUX (and vice-versa) with the FAT32 setup?
Your collective advice will be greatly appreciated.
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