info on installing, rather confused

Timothy John Giese giese025 at
Tue Nov 4 04:18:27 UTC 2003

anthony crage wrote:

> After the tech reformatted the HDD, he split our 45 gig HDD into 2 
> partitions: a 30 gig and a 15. So, it registers as this in windows:
> A:\ floppy
> C:\ 30 gig partition
> D:\ a second 6 gig HDD
> E:\ 15 gig partition
> F:\ cd-rw
> G:\ cd-rom

Here is a guide to installing RedHat 9... unless there have been major 
changes to anaconda (the program that guides you through the 
installation), the guide should be fairly applicable to Fedora.

The two things that you should focus your reading on is:
1. disk partitioning
2. boot loader configuration

Anaconda should recognize that windows is installed on the computer.
If your E:\ drive is formatted (if you can actually use it), then you 
may need to manually setup your partitions with Disk Druid.
If your E:\ drive is unformatted free space, then you can have anaconda 
automatically partition the remaining space.

If you manually partition your drive with Disk Druid, then
1. Make sure you are not deleting one of the windows partitions! :)  
Look at the sizes of the partitions... you should be able to see which 
one is the 16GB partition.
2. You will need to break that partition up into two partitions:
    A) Swap partition (the size should be 2x the memory of your system)
    B) A parition with a mount point of "/".  I suggest using the ext3 
filesystem for this.

You can create other partitions, but I don't want to confuse you here.

If windows is already installed, then the boot loader configuration will 
likely see that windows is there and you probably not have to do 
anything special.
(The boot loader is a piece of software that starts when the computer is 
booted before an operating system is started.  The boot loader lets you 
choose what operating system the computer should boot.)


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