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By lowsweep ·
Hi! I wanted to know how to partion a hard drive 4 ways I guess that's how you say it I want to put linux,win98 and XP when it comes out,and maybe 2000. I not that good with PARTITIONING hard drives I just want to make sure I don't mess this up THANK YOU.

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by dmiles In reply to Partitioning

Consider your BIOS update,then the hard drive size to split in four partitions,it may be best to use Partition Magic6 or System Commander to partition the hard drives.
I would suggest that you reference the following sites and possibly print out the instructions
1)www.microsoft.com/knowledgebase/dual-boot
2)www.windows-help.net/windows98/dual-boot
3)www.redhat.com/support/manuals/RHL
4)http://web.ukonline.co.uk/cook/dualboot.htm
5)www.labmice.net/install/dualboot.html
6)www.terranrobotics.com/dual-boot

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by Dr. Dale In reply to Partitioning

Since you can only have four primary partitions on a drive, and usually cannot exceed the 1024 cylinder boundary for bootable partitions, I would recommend the following: 1) create a 3-4 gig primary partition and install Windows 98, 2) in this same partition install Windows 2000 as part of a dual boot configuration 3) create a second primary partition that is a little smaller and install Windows XP, 4) finally install Linux and let it recommend how to use whatever space is left over. You might have to go with a partitionless install of Linux.

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by Mike (from Canada) In reply to Partitioning

Windows 98 uses the FAT32 system, so you can use FDISK.EXE for that and only allocate 25% of your hard drive for that. now do 25% for win 2000, 25% for win XP and 25% for linux. When you are done, you will have 4 drive letters recognized by DOS. C, D, E, and F.

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by Macros In reply to Partitioning

Hi. I dunno about a limit of four partitions...I had six. Linux needs 2 for it's installation. One is a swap file any size will do, not big about 300 mB I think. Use the default of the installation. The other Linux partition is apps and OS. Make it as big as you think you will be needing for all your programs and apps.
Win 2k has a good partitioning tool if you're getting it. Linux has too. Windows 98 should be loaded before 2k. I loaded win 2k and formatted and partitioned my hard drive. Thenloaded win 98. Reformatted and reloaded win 2k and then Put linux on. Linux sets up a boot manager lilo or grub so when you start your computer it offers which system you want to boot. If you're gunna put more OS' on create their partitions at the start or you'll need something like partition magic to change it later. Oh and if you want more OS' then you'll need a big hard drive. I have a second harddrive (20gig fat 32) I load everything (apps and games) on to. 4 GB still wasn't enough for my win 98 partition even so.

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