I'm not saying this is the only way, but it worked
for me, and believe me I tried several other
approaches first... :-)
> Thanks for your directions ... they are a little over my head though. They
> assume I know more than I do. One question, I have is: for one windows
> partition, why do you have to install windows so many times ... with both
> the windows CD and Linux CD? I don't see how that would work...
You don't install Windows the first time around
(under Linux), you just reserve some space for it.
Ideally you should use Windows-Fdisk to make the
Windows partitions, rather than Linux-Fdisk, but
Windows-Fdisk is *very* stubborn.
Windows-Fdisk won't let you make more than *one*
primary-partition, and (I think) only at the
*beginning* (first) of your disk -- and Windows
demands to be placed on *that* primary-partition...
Windows-Fdisk also demands that any other partitions
are *logical-partitions* on an extended-partition
(rather than a primary).
That won't do for you, you *need* at least *two*
primary-partition -- one for /boot (or /) and one
for Windows. And you want Windows to be second,
not the first on your disk. If you use Windows-Fdisk,
you'll either end up not being able to install
Linux (due to the cylinder-limit) or having a
rediculous little Window-partition in the
beginning of your disk.
An additional problem is that the two fdisk/OS
doesn't understand each other fully. Linux may
not be able to read a MBR edited by Windows-Fidsk,
and Windows demands that you reinstall the Windows-
style MBR with Windows-Fdisk (the /mbr switch) --
fortunately this will only reinstall the Windows
boot-manager, and *not* update the MBR in any other
way... Linux will therefor *still* be able to
read the MBR (it may not have been able to, if you'd
used the Windows-Fdisk to actually decide the sizes
of your partitions).
The reason why you *may* have to format your Windows
partitions in Linux, is that Windows may not recognize
them (the partitions) as Windows-partitions if they're
not formatted in FAT (Windows-format) -- and thus may
then refuse to format the partitions under Windows
Quote:> Isn't it possible that I start the process with windows so that I don't have
> to get into the MBR stuff etc and use the more of the user friendly install
> processes and included Linux partition tools? Besides the general purpose
> 10 gig windows partition, I am planning on installing a 10gig RH 5.1
> partition to run the legacy app, and a 10 gig Mandrake 8.1 to run the CD
> burner for the data output.
The difficulty lays in the Win-Fdisk lack of flexibility,
and linux problems with reading a MBR edited with Win-Fdisk
-- and the need to have /boot (or / ) within that cylinder
I guess if you had a program like PartitionMagic (comercal
Windows software) that you could easely set up the partitions
as you'd like.
Quote:> I wonder if doing win98, RH 5.1 and Mandrake 8.1 in that order with the
> appropriate choices makes some sense? (Maybe I need to get a /boot on there
> when I get to the 1st linux install?
You should install Windows first. I've also heard that
Mandrake had a very good system for set up it's
boot-manager to boot Windows _and any previously
installed Linux_, so I gues RedHat second and
I suggest you make *most* of your Linux-partitions
(except /boot) as *logical*-partitions (in an
The swap-partition can be shared between the two
The area for home-directories (/home) should be
split-off from root (/), and be put in a partition
of it's own. This partition can be shared between
the distros. Also /root (the superusers home
directories) can be split-off and put in a partition
of it's own. You may also want to split of /var/mail
to be able to share mail-boxes between distros.
You'll need one root-directory (/) for each distro
in a partition of it's own. If you choose to
split-off (/usr) and/or (/var), you need one partition
for each of them for each distro (4 if you split-off
I'm a bit uncertain in regards to /boot. It probably
would be a good idea to have one for each distro
(so you disk would look like this:
You may however be able to use just one /boot-partition.
I would think though, that you would then need to
separate kernels -- one for each distro (e.g. linux-rh,
linux-mdk). The problem I see with using just one /boot,
is that the 2nd distro would overwrite whatever the 1st
installed, so you'd have to reinstall the 1st one (after
cahnging names on the 2nd).
Quote:> I'm guessing that LBA should be off in my BIOS because it is an newer tool
> that is not absolutely necessary I think. Not sure what I should do when
> the window install asks about it ... if I say no ... it probably won't see
> all of the drive ... maybe ...
I don't think so. But then, I'm *no* expert.