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Antonia
10-07-2005, 06:22 PM
Dell Dimension 2400
[root@free ~]# fdisk -l

Disk /dev/hda: 40.0 GB, 40000000000 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 4863 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes

Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/hda1 * 1 1020 8193118+ 7 HPFS/NTFS
/dev/hda2 1021 4862 30860865 f W95 Ext'd (LBA)
/dev/hda5 1021 4862 30860833+ 7 HPFS/NTFS

Disk /dev/hdd: 8455 MB, 8455200768 bytes
16 heads, 63 sectors/track, 16383 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 1008 * 512 = 516096 bytes

Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/hdd1 * 1 203 102280+ 83 Linux
/dev/hdd2 204 16383 8154720 8e Linux LVM

WinXPHome on hda (8 GB)
Data on hda5 (30+ GB)
MBR with grub on hda1
Fedora Core3 on hdd2

Both WinXP and Fedora Core3 are working fine.Like Fedora best

I downloaded the LiveCD Mepis 3.1.1 and really like it well enought to want to install it on a HD.
hdd2 appeals most, as it already has Fedora on it and I think there is enough room for both. All created data is on hda5.

I have partition Magic, know that Linux is good at creating it's own partition when installing with Qparted. I have also searched the internet on partitioning and read the Press F1 factfile, but am still hesitant to go ahead. So many options, so many warnings. Gives me butterflies in my stomach.

So some help would be appreciated. Thanks in advance,
Antonia

Chilling_Silence
10-07-2005, 06:25 PM
You can resize using Qtparted during the Mepis installation process.

Backup essential data, but otherwise go for it.

You _may_ have a bit of fun adding the two linux distros to the bootloader, but should be fine :)

Jen
11-07-2005, 01:24 AM
Hi Antonia

From your fdisk -l output, it appears that the hdd drive is only about 8 gigs and is currently used by Fedora? I doubt you will be able to create enough free space on that drive (hdd) to install Mepis as well. What does df -hT show?

When you are installing a second Linux OS, the important thing is not to let it install a bootloader in the MBR or it will wipe out your current one. Once you have the second Linux OS installed, you will need boot back into FC3 so that you can mount and access the new OS / partition from FC3 and then copy across the kernel (vmlinuz) and initrd files to Fedora's /boot. You then need to configure the grub.conf to reference those boot files and the new OS's root disk location. This has to done all manually, as while Linux installers recognise and configure for Window OS's it ignores all other Linux OS's installed.

Antonia
11-07-2005, 10:31 PM
Thanks Jen,
This is the output:

[antonia@free ~]$ df -hT
Filesystem Type Size Used Avail Use% Mounted on
/dev/mapper/VolGroup00-LogVol00
ext3 7.2G 3.1G 3.7G 46% /
/dev/hdd1 ext3 97M 16M 77M 17% /boot
none tmpfs 125M 0 125M 0% /dev/shm

Antonia

Jen
11-07-2005, 11:54 PM
/dev/mapper/VolGroup00-LogVol00Hmm ... you are using Logical Volume Management on the hdd drive. I wouldn't try to resize this with QTParted or anything as it will get messy. LVM means that you can adjust your partitions as they need more or less room. Unfortunately you will not have enough room on hdd to include Mepis. It will cause problems with Fedora if you shrink it further as you will get shortly to the stage where you cannot download any updates or add packages to your system.

You can get a third hard drive, and use this (and even expand Fedora onto if you wish using the LVM), or install Mepis onto a spare partition on a different drive.

Do you have two optical devices (CD/DVD) installed on hdb and hdc because I see you have your 8 gig drive on the secondary slave IDE connection.

Antonia
13-07-2005, 12:09 AM
On reflection I will leave things as they are.
WinXP and FedoraC3 are running smoothly.
I may try out Mepis before I install FedoraC4 in the near future.

Thank you both for your advise.
Antonia