Dual booting windows xp and redhat 9 - no of partitions.
Posted on 2003-11-22
If this has been asked earlier, I m sorry for repeating it here, but after looking on the net and googling around for a while, I still have my doubts.
I intend to have a dual boot setup with windows xp and red hat 9 on a toshiba satellite laptop. I have a 40 GB disk, with windows taking up 29 GB right now (NTFS) and the rest being unused. I will probably use lilo to have it dual boot and install it in the MBR
First of all, is it necessary to have a separate /boot partition while installing red hat ? I have tried debian earlier, and I could install it and get it to work, without making a separate /boot. Can I just have /root and swap with red hat ?
When I tried to install redhat 9 and was using disk druid for partitioning, after I chose to create a /boot , it gave me a wrning message saying something to the effect 'this may not be supported by my architecture' (Im afraid I dont recollect the exact terms) I stopped the installation and started to look for explainations and Im completely lost now ! If a /boot partition is required, is 32 MB enough (as I read somewhere) or is 50 MB the minimum that is required (again , as I read somewhere ) ?
Finally, I would like to make a FAT32 partition, abt 3-4 GB in size, which can be accessed by both OS and I would have some data in it. In that case, I would need 5 partitions in all !!, the windows ntfs, fat32, linux native, swap and boot ? What partitioning scheme should I be having, if I need a Fat 32 partition ? (this is ofcourse assuming that a /boot partition is also requried)
Please advise. convincing answers will be generously rewarded. :). Really need to get this sorted urgently !