Article: Linux Dual BootHow To Format

by Patrick Sadler




Just the thought of a duelboot scares many people away, but over the years its developed into an easier process. Most people are running Windows, so Im assuming its your choice of preference:


1.Reinstall Windows. Look for a three line menu that reads something like; Do you want to install NTFS. Do you really want to install NTFS. The third line should read, Install FAT 32. These are just partitioning schematics.


Note: If you cant locate FAT 32, reboot and look for FAT 32 again. If you dont succeed the second time, repeat until you can locate it. At the current (07.27.05), installs tend to work in this manner. Its there, but you must go through this reboot procedure. When you locate FAT 32, install it. You will see it on a threeline menu, usually at the bottom. Install normally takes about 3060 minutes.


After installing Windows, install the Linux CDs. It should recognize your FAT 32 Windows partition. On a three or four line menu screen it should ask you if you want to keep the FAT 32 partition. Click yes. Its that simple, with a good distribution of Linux.


When installing, always study the different installation screens whenever the system ask you if you want to install to a, b, cdrives. Writing this information on scratch pads, in case of mistakes, is also a good idea. With a good Linux distribution, you should be able to sail through the installation with nary a problem.


Patrick Sadler has over 12 years of past Internet experience. He is sole proprietor of Knowledgeworks, Inc. Knowledgeworks manufactures and produces Developers Linux CDs, specializing on the latest stable versions of the Linux Networking Operating Systems. You are able to reach him at the factory website: http://knowledgeworks.org.uk


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