Re: [linux-dell-laptops] Digest Number 1985
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> Date: Fri, 28 Jan 2005 11:43:26 -0500Please let us know if PM does something more than conveniently
> From: "Paul E. Adamson" <padamson@...>
> Subject: Re: Install Redhat/Fedora on Latitude D500
> If you want to feel safer about the process of creating a linux
> partition on a pre-existing windows-only hard drive, you might want to
> invest in Partition Magic. It's a great tool (for Windows) and has
> never let me down. Of course, once you create your linux partition, you
> may never need your windows partition again. For the past four years,
> the only time I booted into windows was to either a) play a game or b)
> convert more of my windows partition to my linux partition with
> Partition Magic. As of last week I no longer have a windows partition.
> There may even be open source software out now that can do what
> Partition Magic does. I haven't checked for a couple of years now.
re-partition NTFS. I don't think, for example, that PM deals with the
defrag problem. If that is wrong, let me know.
Since Mandrake 9.?, Mandrake resizes NTFS partitions. I believe I have
read that neither Redhat nor Fedora do that, because Redhat interpreted
some licensing limits differently.
When I want to re-partition anything, I grab an old Install disk from
9.1 and do it.
SuSe will partition, though I don't know about NTFS. But when I was
going to install it in an old machine, it started asking me all sorts
of questions about primary and extended that I did not know at the time,
so I hit the switch, and booted on Mandrake, did the partitions, again
hit the switch and then installed SuSe on existing partitions.
Mandrake has a great advantage for me, in that I have used it many times
in the last 5 years, so chances of errors based on inexperience are
eliminated. For those who have never used it, that advantage might not
Also, unlike PM the Drake install disk is free.