Linux/Windows Dual Environment

By nuSkool ·
Sorry for the general title but I wanted to explain what I am doing before I ask a question. I have set up 3 partitions on my hardrive.
|Windows | Downloads | Linux

I am installing Fedora Core 6 on the Linux partition and have Windows XP Pro in a Windows 2003 domain on the first partition. The Downloads partition is where I will keep all my programs and utilities in case I have to reinstall Windows again. Tried using Acronis Disk Director Suite to re-partition but had to reinstall anyways due to a currupt sector on the hard drive (damn windows, or maybe damn Acronis?).

Anyways I have two questions. The first is regarding the Linux installation and the second is regarding both OSs being able to read the "downloads" partition.

1. It's been a while since I installed Linux and although I can click through and install a logical group volume, it just doesnt feel right. I remember 100 mb for the boot partition and double your ram for swap (2GB) but how do I allocate the rest of the partition? /etc, /home and the rest.
What would you recommend for the partition sizes?

Also would it be better to install Linux in the middle partion? I know it won't make a difference to where the download partition is but I'm wondering if I will get better performance if it is closer to the MBR?

2. What do I format the downloads partion as so both operating systems can read them? I know how to set up SMB shares but Windows will not be running when I try to access from Linux. I know there are NTFS drivers for Linux so I guess my question is should I format as NTFS and attempt to install a NTFS driver on Linux or should I format as FAT32? (It's been a while since I used Linux).



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The Partition that you install Linux to

by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to Linux/Windows Dual Enviro ...

Doesn't really matter as it will sit anywhere on a HDD that has enough space. If in doubt allow the Linux Grub Installer to Auto Configure the Partition Sizes as that will provide a better general purpose size that you can work out and take full advantage of the available space on the partition.

I personally haven't used FC6 but I believe that it's capable of reading a NTFS Partition so I would suggest the standard Windows XP format.


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I am in a similar situation

by Kiltie In reply to The Partition that you in ...

but a mix of multiboot Windows Linux

Many Linux, as I am testing systems out.

A couple of GB should be enough for red hat, make it 3 to be sure.

Minimum is around 500 to 600 MB,they say, if you believe the Howtos but I think that's silly, it is a bit on the low side.

Do you have enough disk space?

I currently run a dual boot 98/XP from a 10 Gig on my main machine, and am about to swap to a Linux combo.

Post back with details if you need help, many experts around here.

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Installation Report

by nuSkool In reply to I am in a similar situati ...

I am running XP/Fedora 6 on a Dell 5150.

Pentium D 2.8 GHZ
Radeon X300 SE 128MB HyperMemory (dual monitors)
160 GB HD partitioned as follows:
Windows (60 GB) | Share (40 GB) | Fedora (52 GB)

I installed Fedora and updated it with no problems except for a few minor anoyances and used directions from the following link to install NTFS read/write support. http://www.mjmwired.net/resources/mjm-fedora-fc6.html#ntfs
Wish I had read the whole thing first, would have saved a few steps. When I got to step 5 I realized I was installing a read only driver. The commands are after each # sign
(if using yum)
1. download files
#sudo yum install fuse fuse-libs ntfs-3g ntfsprogs ntfsprogs-gnomevfs

2. Check partitions
#fdisk -lu | grep NTFS

3. Create the directory where the NTFS will be mounted (similar to mounting a partition in windows) the norm is /mnt so the commands would be.(ntfs is the mount point and can be called whatever)
#cd /mnt
#sudo mkdir ntfs

4. Mount partition from step 2(/dev/sda5 in my case) into directory in step 3
#sudo mount /dev/sda5 /mnt/ntfs -t ntfs-3g -rw -o umask=0000

5. Edit fstab so it mounts at boot. (not working for me yet). The first command will open up the file in an editor, :i allows you to edit the file, then type /dev... at the bottom at the file and type in the last line to save and exit

#vim /etc/ftab
:i [enter]
/dev/sda5 /mnt/ntfs ntfs-3g rw,defaults,umask=0000 0 0

I was able to read and write to the ntfs directory from both Windows and Linux but the drive wont mount at boot. I get some errors and have to run the following command after I log in:
#sudo mount /dev/sda5 /mnt/ntfs -t ntfs-3g -rw -o umask=0000

Other than that the other annoyance is that using spanning desktop the second screen is set at 480x640 resolution even though it should be 800x600 and my MS bluetooth keyboard was working during installation but stopped working once I got to the Linux license agreement after setup. Hopefully this will help someone else out there.


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by nuSkool In reply to The Partition that you in ...

I got it installed with auto configuration of the partition. I also installed the NTFS driver got that working just having problems with it during shutdown and bootup. apparently it's not able to mount or unmount itself.

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