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XPpro/Redhat/FreeBSD inst. nightmares??

By daimon ·
Ok, so I'm working on a few things for the office network, one of those being the toss up between Redhat & FreeBSD for a server, this server will be used for File Share and Internet access.

I've been playing with both of these on my machine at home in my spare time to see what more I can learn about the newest releases of both the above OS.
I've just decided to reinstall XP back onto my computer so I can enjoy my DVD's and games, however I've noticed that the spare unformated 10gig partition left will NOT allow me to install XP.

Firstly, I have installed Redhat 9.0, I went to install XP pro and it's error was that the maximum number of "partition's" has been reached, (boot/root/swap of RH9.0), thus it won't go any further.
Now short of shelling out hard earned money to purchase partition magic (which won't run because I'm not using dos... What should I do? Presumably there is another way around this without big drama's, I don't really want to format and try the entire thing again... I just want to have RH9.0 and XPp together... it's just experimentation in preparation for the office server.. I've previously had 5 partitions on a single HDD with no problems, I don't see why 4 can't be done, is it an MS problem with XP installation proceedure?
Suggestions, fixes, (preferably without spending more money, this is my private machine, not the work one) etc..

Thanks,
Simon

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by mitgat In reply to XPpro/Redhat/FreeBSD inst ...

Try booting to a windows 98 boot disk and runnung the fdisk command/utility, you can, at the very least; see the drives and format the drive or make partittions, dos partittions or if you have a w2K disk boot to it and format the drive, I just installed RH 9.x two months ago and I have been toying with it since then, it installs very quickly provided you have ample ram on you machine,

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by daimon In reply to

Mitgat,
That actually worked to a point.. I will accept that fdisk is probably the way to go, however I think that I probably did the wrong thing, and I managed to delete the entire Linux partition.. nothing asks for a final confirmation with Fdisk, when you esc to go back it's still screwed up..
No fear, I can do it all again now..!! Thanks.

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by mitgat In reply to XPpro/Redhat/FreeBSD inst ...

Sorry, this should have been the first question; What is the size of your drive.

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by mitgat In reply to XPpro/Redhat/FreeBSD inst ...

Sorry, this should have been the first question; What is the size of your drive.

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by mitgat In reply to XPpro/Redhat/FreeBSD inst ...

Sorry, this should have been the first question; What is the size of your drive.

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by daimon In reply to XPpro/Redhat/FreeBSD inst ...

Currently the computer has 384MB of Ram, and a 20Gig HDD. This is on an AMD800mhz, I think it's ample to run most Operating Systems of today, infact I know it is. I've got redhat running quite well on it, XP runs very well on it... well the laptop kicks it's proverbial but still (the laptop is an AMD Athlon XP-M 2400 with 512mb), so with 20gig hard drive I should theoretically be able to partition it to what I want.

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