I’ve recently become acquainted with Linux through the Knoppix distribution, which boots from a CD-ROM. It’s a great, fast way to get acquainted with Linux, but eventually I’d like a more permanent installation, because I can’t save or install anything. Basically, I can only run the programs they included on the CD (which are great), and I can’t save any files.
So, I have one 80 GB Western Digital hard drive, that I’d like to repartition so I can have a dual boot system. Unfortunately, I’m having trouble finding a definitive guide on how to do this.
Here’s what I think I need to do:
[li] Wipe my hard drive clean (WD drives come with a utility that will write zeros to the drive).[/li][li] Create a partition (I’m thinking 60 gigs) and install Win XP Home on it. I want to use NTFS for this partition, but I read FAT is better if you want Linux to be able to talk to it. I’m not particularly concerned with being able to do that.[/li][li] Install Linux (Red Hat 7.2 most likely) on the remaining unformatted partition. I assume I will set up the dual boot during this installation.[/li][/ol]
Am I on the right track? Am I missing something crucial? Advice or info from some with more experience with this will be greatly appreciated!
Oh yeah, here are my vitals:
[li]AMD Athlon XP 2600+[/li][li]1 GB of RAM (PC2700, I believe)[/li][li]80 GB Western Digital hard drive (currently has 1 NTFS partition with Win XP Home installed)[/li][li]Floppy Drive[/li][li]Pioneer DVD-ROM[/li][/ul]