XP messing with linux partitions?

Andras Simon szajmi at gmail.com
Mon Jun 4 23:52:55 UTC 2007

On 6/4/07, Mike McCarty <Mike.McCarty at sbcglobal.net> wrote:
> Andras Simon wrote:
> > I used gparted from the Fedora 7 Live cd to create several partitions
> > on my hd; sda1 for  XP, the others for various Fedoras.(I used the
> > Live cd for this so that I could also use badblocks on the linux
> > partitions and label them.) After installing XP in its partition and
> > then booting the Live cd again, fdisk showed one less partition (the
> > original sda2, a small boot partition, was gone), parted complained
> > about overlapping partitions, and gparted didn't show any.
> [snip]
> > So my question really is: is there something to keep in mind when
> > partitioning a drive for XP/Fedora dual boot?
> I am not an XP install expert. However, this is what I have observed,
> Most Microsoft products act as if they are going to be the
> only program which does any particular task, and cheerfully set
> themselves to be the default, or even the only, program for that task.
> WinXP is no exception to this rule. I believe WinXP creates a
> "rescue partition" in which it saves certain information so that,
> should things get mess up badly, it can get back to a bootable
> state. This may be the problem.
> I'd go back to a state in which there was NO MBR, zero it out,
> and then create the WinXP partition, and install WinXP. Only
> after WinXP was happy, bootable, runs, and has left some unused
> space on the disc, would I try to install Linux.

Thanks for the advice! I'll do this for the final install (right now
I'm just experimenting with various setups). For now, I just
removed/recreated all but the NTFS partition, and both XP and Fedora7
seems to be happy.


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