Installing Linux

1. Jul 10, 2005

sid_galt

I have a SINGLE partition with Windows XP professional. I want to keep it and install one of the Linux versions. How can I repartition my hard drive without losing data and then install Linux.

Thank you.

2. Jul 10, 2005

Nylex

I think the best thing you can do is to get a copy of Partition Magic and resize your partition using that. You could also get another hard drive and install Linux on that instead.

3. Jul 10, 2005

sid_galt

I would but it costs \$. And I am a student.

4. Jul 10, 2005

robphy

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5. Jul 10, 2005

sid_galt

Thank you all for the help

6. Jul 10, 2005

Curious3141

Most modern distros contain their own partitioning software that can resize NTFS and FAT32 partitions. I know for certain that Mandrake (or Mandriva, now) Linux can do this. No guarantees about safety though.

I always use Partition Magic for no worry resizing, it's reliable and clear. I shrink my Win partitions and install Linux on the freed up space, write the boot loader (I've used both LILO and GRUB at different times) to the MBR and point it to the correct boot partition.

7. Jul 10, 2005

exequor

Use VMware, not too long ago I installed Ubuntu and it works perfectly normal for me. Maybe it could run a little faster if i ran it from a fresh install. VMware automatically creates a partition for the linux distribution that you want to run. I think you should give it a shot.

8. Jul 11, 2005

TenaliRaman

Partition Magic does one thing best, gives the best interface there is to create a partition. Ofcourse cheaper ways do exist, and one of them is
Ranish Partition Manager

Notice : Experienced user preferred.

-- AI

9. Jul 11, 2005

robphy

While Ranish Partition Manager can create partitions, note
So, the original poster will still need something like ntfsresize. Of course, the non-free Partition Magic can do both resize NTFS partitions and create partitions.

http://linuxmafia.com/faq/Filesystems/ntfs.html
http://mandrivausers.org/index.php?showtopic=25327

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10. Jul 15, 2005

sid_galt

Problems pouring in.
I have intel processor 640 (3.2GHz 64 bit)

Since I don't have a floppy drive or much experience with repartitioning, I downloaded the SystemRescue CD. It won't run. It says "Kernel panic: Attempted to kill init". Does anyone know of a intel 64bit compatible edition of Linux which can resize partitions too.

Are Knoppix 64 and SuSe 64 intel compatible? I have always seen them in reference to AMD 64 bit

11. Jul 15, 2005

TenaliRaman

Well XP provides options for both NTFS as well as FAT during installation but yeah i guess if he is using NTFS then ranish wont help at all.

-- AI