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RE: [TCLUG:4615] Reinstalling Windows and Linux at the same time

I've heard from a number of sources, and confirmed by personal experience,
that it's best to use the Windows/DOS FDISK to set up the Windows partition,
then load Windows, then load Linux and use Linux fdisk (or Disk Druid) to
configure the remaining space on your hard drive(s).


     (1) DOS FDISK creates the Windows partition the exact way Windows wants
it.  "Bug-for-bug" compatibility so to speak.
     (2) Loading Windows after Linux will disable the Linux boot manager.
True, you can boot from Linux recovery disks and re-run LILO to re-enable
the boot manager, but why bother?
     (3) You can configure an existing DOS/Windows partition to auto-mount
under Linux when you go through the Linux install.  The reverse is not
possible at this time; you can't mount a Linux ext2fs filesystem within

Anyway, that's my 2 cents.

Carl Patten
Systems Administrator
Trimodal Inc.

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> Sent: Tuesday, March 09, 1999 4:28 PM
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> Subject: [TCLUG:4615] Reinstalling Windows and Linux at the same time
> I have a friend who's reformatting his entire system.  He wants to know
> whether he should load Linux first and then Windows or the other way
> around?
> What would you guys suggest?  Install Linux, (it will be on the same hard
> drive as windows), then install Windows (will it recognize the partitions
> and leave them alone?), then boot off a floppy and run lilo?
> Will that work?
> Thanks,
> Dave
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