Partition Numbering With Win95
Posted on 1997-07-12
I have just bought a new Gateway with a 6.4 Gb HD and
Windows 95 already preinstalled. I repartitioned my hard
drive with Partition Magic so that I have one primary (C:) and one extended partition with 3 logicals contained within.
I also have about a gig of free space. When I was partitioning my hard dirve in the linux setup, I created one primary (/) and three logical partitions (swap, /usr, and /home). Linux (Red Hat 4.2) then would not let me install, saying something about a bad argument. I rebooted and ran the installation again, and saw that linux had only created 3 of the four partitions. I rebooted again and ran Partition Magic and saw a bif fat error 120, meaning that
the logical drive chain is incompatible. It said that the chain should be in ascending order, but that some versions of linux create them in the order that they were created. Windows 95 seemed to run OK but I could not run Dos's FDISK for the life of me. My question is as thus: Where on the drive should I put my linux logical partitions and what should I number them (hda6, hda7, and hda8 are already taken)? Also, how many partitions can an extended contain? Where should I put my linux primary in relation to my Win 95 dirves? Will the fact that I am using FAT32 make a difference, and if so, what. I would appreciate any help that anyone could post for me.
PS-Using Partition Magic, I can put my free space anywhere.