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gparted question
Jan 23rd, 2009 at 12:31am
 
I have my C:/ (Windows XP) partition of 250 GB IDE (PATA) drive booting Win XP SP3. Would like to install Linux on a separate SATA drive. However, I would like to locate the bootloader, 'grub' on the 250 GB IDE HD.

The present 250 GB partitions are as follows:
C:/ 30 GB System (Active) partition, about 15 GB free
E:/, F:/, G:/, H:/ - 55 GB each, Logical (Extended) partitions

Using gparted, is it possible to create a new partition (about 2 GB) non-destructively (i.e. without any data loss in C:/)  within C:/ that is of 'ext3' file format, so that I can locate 'grub' on it ?
 

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Re: gparted question
Reply #1 - Jan 24th, 2009 at 2:45am
 
zmdmw52 wrote on Jan 23rd, 2009 at 12:31am:
is it possible to create a new partition (about 2 GB) non-destructively (i.e. without any data loss in C:/)within C:/ 

zmdmw52,

I'm not sure I understand. A partition within a partition?
 
 
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Re: gparted question
Reply #2 - Jan 24th, 2009 at 5:27am
 
No, a new partition (for Linux) using available free space.
 

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Re: gparted question
Reply #3 - Jan 27th, 2009 at 8:52am
 
I play around with different OS's, and I've found that to reduce the possibility of conflicts or errors, I just put each OS on its own HD.

HD's are so cheap now-a-days, that it just doesn't figure, to corrupt a good running HD with another OS.

I don't visit my Vista drive, but about once a week to keep it updated, but,
when I do, I just boot right into it from the boot menu in my BIOS.

NO, I don't change the boot order.....my bios actually has a Boot Menu, accessible by pressing the F11 key during the first few seconds of the boot-up process.
I have two totally different mobo's, made about five years apart and both have the built in boot menu and both are accessible by pressing the F11 key during boot-up.

I suspect that many folks have such a boot menu and don't even know it.

Anyway, in closing, I'd NEVER put two OS's on the SAME HD.
That can be a sure fire recipe for disaster.  I've seen it happen, way too many times.

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