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How can i Partition my Hard disk?

siraz asked
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Last Modified: 2010-04-26
How can i Partition my Hard disk?

Hello friends,
  i want to partition my hard disk so that  i can install Window 2k on one partitiion and on other red had LINUX ...

 i  want help from persons who had previously faced this problem ........
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Top Expert 2009
Hi siraz,

if you have a bootable cd of windows 2000, insert it, boot from the cd,
after some checking, it will display your partition information. If you have an unpartitioned hdd, then Create a partition with nealy 10gb and format it using ntfs leave the rest space for Linux.. that's it,.. it will continue installation

once you have setup windows 2000, restart your computer, put the linux cd, and boot from your cd drive..

create a primary partition and a swap partition (usually primary part size / 10 )

and continue installation .. you can create another partition , if you have enough space in the hdd after the installation either from linux or ffrom windows

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Zuhir ElgmatiApplications and Systems Administrator

this article explain step by step how to install win2k & linux in your  HDD

Free partition software: http://www.ranish.com/part/ 

Zuhir ElgmatiApplications and Systems Administrator

the best software to make partition is partitionmagic from symantec  

I agree, but it is expencive.
Zuhir ElgmatiApplications and Systems Administrator

yes i agree but belive me you will not repent if u get it

When you install windows 2000, you will be given the option of what size partition (usually on "C" drive) to use for Windows.  The default will be the "whole" hard drive.    All you need to do is to create a partition that's sized appropriately (50% of the hard drive, or whatever).    You should also be given the option to delete any existing partition(s) and create a new one.    

That's the hard part (not hard, really!).

The cool thing is that when installing linux (for example, RedHat), the installer will use the UNUSED space on your hard drive, create the new partition(s) as necessary, and add a boot loader (so when you boot, you can choose between Windows and Linux).

The *KEY* to this is:  Install Windows first, and leave UNUSED space on your disk.    Linux does the rest.
I personally prefer to get a Live Knoppix CD and use the Part-ed  utility. It not only allows you to partition the hard drive, but will also allow you to format those partitions into what you want, aka set primary partition to ntfs and secondary partition to lfs (Linux File System).  Once you have the hdd partitioned, though I'm unsure whether you need to install Linux or Windows first.  Once you figure that out, please let me know so that I can know how to dual-boot :P.

Thanks for clarifying, Windows first, Caseybea.
I agree with all of the above.
First, go ahead and get Partition Magic. As stated, you won't regret it. It is a handy tool to have.

I also agree that the Linux installation should give you the chance to partition your hard drive as part of the installation process. It will give you the opportunity to resize the partitions and set up partitions for Linux, either just one root partition or one for Swap and others...

Either way, load Windows first. It wants to be on the "C" drive and be the first in line. Also before you partion DEFRAG the hard drive. This will make sure that all of the Windows data is not scattered (fragmented) so that it will not get lost when you partition.
Zuhir ElgmatiApplications and Systems Administrator

MR.  rind :  do u think that i don't deserve some points ?
Most Valuable Expert 2015

No, the first comment explains everything that is necessary to answer the Q. There isn't really anything more to add to that post, so all other posts are either just repeating what he posted already or adding unnecessary stuff like needing partitionmagic etc.
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