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Installing FC5, dual boot.

By pkroks
May 9, 2006
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  1. WinDoWsMoNoPoLy

    WinDoWsMoNoPoLy TS Rookie Posts: 269

    no no no, NTFS is like a alien language to Linux. You saw how it read it as unpartitioned space right? It doesn't recognize that format at all. Keep them FAT32. Kind of like when you saw the drives when installing windows they said "unknown partition" because windows doesn't know what ext3 or swap are lol.

    But yes that is correct, just make sure to mount them all except for the SWAP which you cant anyways.

    See once you get it going on your desktop you'll have a icon that says "filesystem" which is like my computer, except you'll see all different folders in it with different names, no C, D or anything. Those mounts place a shortcut to that drive into the "/" or "filesystem" folder. So you can just open that and double click "winxp" and browse you windows partition.
  2. WinDoWsMoNoPoLy

    WinDoWsMoNoPoLy TS Rookie Posts: 269

    Hope your next post comes from the FC5 GUI.
  3. Mictlantecuhtli

    Mictlantecuhtli TS Evangelist Posts: 4,916   +9

    One of your screenshots show bad sectors on the hda drive. Is it working correctly? If you're sure there are no bad sectors, then it's probably the SATA drivers causing these read/write errors.

    I've never had NTFS partitions affecting Linux installation in any way, but I've seen many instances where different partitioning utilities create conflicting partitions (ones that don't align with cylinders, for example, Windows' own partitioning utility has a habit of leaving 8MB unallocated etc.)

    Fedora Core 5 installation guide
  4. pkroks

    pkroks TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 376

    Yes. Both SATA drives are working perfectly. And yes, the windows partitioner does leave 8mb free.

    I have looked at that guide before. But it didn't really help me. But I will check again. I'm on windows. :(
  5. WinDoWsMoNoPoLy

    WinDoWsMoNoPoLy TS Rookie Posts: 269

    Did FC5 install correctly?
  6. Nodsu

    Nodsu TS Rookie Posts: 9,431

    Linux can read NTFS just fine. It is Redhat/Fedora sucking up to MS and not including NTFS in their kernels. (Fedora sucks)

    And you can set up Captive-NTFS to write to NTFS too.
  7. pkroks

    pkroks TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 376

    So which Linux distro do you recommend?
  8. Nodsu

    Nodsu TS Rookie Posts: 9,431

    Anything but Fedora? It is one of the buggiest mainstream distros out there..

    Maybe try any of SuSE, Gentoo, (K/X)Ubuntu, Mandriva?
  9. pkroks

    pkroks TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 376

    What's FreeBSD 6.0 like? Anyone used it? How does it compare to linux?
  10. Nodsu

    Nodsu TS Rookie Posts: 9,431

    It's like... an Unix type OS? It compares to Linux just like any other non-Linux Unix type OS in the way that it's Unix, but slightly different? :p

    Just try it. It has a different "feel" to it. FreeBSD is the most linuxish of all BSDs, but still, many things work differently.
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