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On Sun, 2011-10-23 at 09:57 -0500, Miguel Cardenas wrote:
> I've installed Fedora 15 to try the distro, it was a bit difficult at
> first (I have used Slackware for the last 8 years) but I'm beginning
> to become familiar with Fedora usage, although I have a few doubts
> about the partitions.
> For years I used to create 2 primary partitions, SWAP and EXT3, but
> now I found that Fedora requires a different layout with more
> partitions like other *nix operating systems that distribute the space
> in more areas for home, root, usr, etc.
> I would like to keep simple my disk, and reading the Fedora
> installation guide found that there are only 3 partitions required,
> SWAP, BOOT (ext3) and ROOT / (ext3)... I still don't like the idea of
> an independent boot partition but let's do it in the Fedora way... so,
> I want to know if this layout may work for me... I want to ask before
> doing it to save hours of installation just to try and see the
> #1 PRIMARY type 0c (Win95 Fat32 LBA)
> #2 EXTENDED
> A - SWAP type 82
> B - BOOT /boot type 83 (linux ext3)
> C - ROOT / type 83 (linux ext3)
> And one additional doubt... Fedora worked fine on this laptop but just
> bought a new one, it comes with Windows7 preinstalled and want to keep
> the original system backed up... Do you think it is safe to use
> Clonezilla for any modern hard disk? My doubt is because I have a
> relatively old IDE disk (80Gb) that after restoring a Clonezilla
> backup it does not boot anymore, I guess it is due a possible
> different geometry interpretation by my installed linux and the
> Clonezilla bootable linux, since the disk is ok and works always
> So, do you think it would be a good idea to backup Win7 on a SATA
> 500Gb disk, no datafiles yet, just the operating system, I want to
> keep it for the license...
> And, after the backup, during the Fedora installation, it asks how to
> use the hard disk, there is an option to shrink a used partition, but
> would it work with Win7? As far as I know a NTFS partition can not be
> shrinked... is it possible? can you comment something about this?
> Thanks for your help!
> Miguel Cardenas
You can customize your partitions using the Custom option in the
installation sequence. It is all easier if you install the Windows first
in the first partition.
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