[svlug] re: Newbie Question (Naveen Prabhu)

Paul Zander paulz at ieee.org
Tue Mar 25 22:59:50 PST 2003

I have installed Mandrake 8.1 on several PCs and was amazed at how well 
it automatically partitioned the disk.  I suggest you start by 
eliminating any old uneeded Windows files and then run a defragmentation 
program so as to make a contiguous unused portion on the disk. I don't 
know XP, but you could also look for a Windows utility to create a 
separate partition for Linux.  Then the Linux install can further create 
the several Linux partitions.

4 GBytes is a reasonable size for Linux.  You can get by with less.  If 
you want to do everything imaginable, you will want more.

I hope this doesn't start an avalanche of opinions of  the smallest 
possible Linux install. :-)

"Naveen Prabhu" <prabhung at hotmail.com>
Mon, 24 Mar 2003 23:56:02 -0800

svlug at lists.svlug.org

Hello All,

I am trying to install Mandrake 9.0 on my Laptop that already has 
Windows XP. (Want to create a dual boot system) .

However, when the installer tries to run the automatic Disk Partitioning 
Utility, I get an error saying "Unable to Create Partition".

Unforutnately thats the only message that I see. Can somebody please 
help me get around this problem ? or point me towards some newbie 
resources where such issues maybe  documented (FAQs) for instance

Pardon my ignorance, but I am installing linux for the first time.

Thanks in Advance

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