Linux Setup question

I'm trying to partition my hard drive which already has NT on it.  However, fdisk refuses to see the extended partition and gives me an error saying that different physical/logical  sectors exist.  Is there a way around this?  Linux doesn't seem to be able to recognize an NTFS partition.
mleeAsked:
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unicorntechCommented:
Use a non-destructive partition program such as FIPS. This is available from www.shareware.com and is free. Search under windows all for fips and this will give you the download location....

Regards,

Jason
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mleeAuthor Commented:
I would prefer not to use fips.  The NT data is too important to even go near.  Besides I use Partition Magic for that.  The problem is getting fdisk to recognize the logical drives so that I can change their type to ext2fps.
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eckspurtCommented:
In fact, you *can't* use FIPS on an extended partition.  You'll have to use Partition Magic to free up some space, and make it unallocated (not part of any partition).  Then fdisk will see the available space just fine, and you can use some of it for a Linux partition and some for swap.

You should be able to mount the NT partition just fine once you've got Linux installed.  The install disks don't include support for esoteric filesystems, just ext2 and maybe minix.

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