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I have WinXp installed on my primary master HDD, and I want to install Mandrake 9.1 on the primary slave. Can I install it without touching anything on HDD1? Also, what is the recommended partition configuration for the Linux drive, i.e. how many partitions and how big? Any links to a step by step tutorial on the entire process would be great, I couldn't seem to find one myself.

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Yes, you can install the linux distro into the slave without toughing your master.

Have a look here http://www.geocities.com/epark/linux/grub-w2k-HOWTO.html for dual boot linux with WinXP or Win2K

or dual boot with lilo http://www.littlewhitedog.com/reviews_other_00011.asp

I recommend using the GRUB.
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Oh for partitioning your harddisk very depence on your need.

I personally like to do in this way.

assume you have 20GB Harddisk with 256MB RAM

/(root)             500MB
/boot               250MB
/tmp                500MB
/usr                 3-4GB                   < since there will have lots of applications/programs install or going to install in this partition bigger is better.
/var                 2GB                      < since most of the system logs, mail spool, ftp spool may keep it in this partition, larger is better.
/home             500MB or more      < it depence on how many users going to access this or not         (this partition is an optional)
swap               512MB                  < normally 2 x your RAM size.

All the above is ext3 file system

/data               remain disk space  < create it as VFAT, ie. fat16 or fat32 file system, so that both your XP and linux can share access files.

The above only personal suggestion, it's not a must.

/(root), /boot and swap is the basic partitions you need, and swap will be 2 x your RAM size, /boot is 250MB is good enough, /(root) remaining diskspace will be fine.

Hope this info can help
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Also, you can read the installation manual of mandrake here http://www.mandrakelinux.com/en/fdoc.php3
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Exactly what I needed, thanks!!
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