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Link to this post 23 Jan 11

Hello a friend convinced me to try out Mandriva on my new laptop, i'm not really good with computers and was wondering if I could get some help partitioning my hard disk and installing Mandriva. I've been looking on the internet for some step by step directions but haven't found much. I'm using a lenovo w10 with windows 7 pro already installed.

Thanks for any advice

Link to this post 23 Jan 11

To install a Linux system you only need two partitions, a small swap partition and a root (/) partition. I recommend shrinking your windows partition using the windows disk management tool to allow at least 22GB of space for a Linux installation. once that it done you can setup a 2G swap partition and a 20G root partition for your installation.

Link to this post 24 Jan 11

I've reduced the size of my windows partition, but I was wondering if I needed two primary partitions to install linux with a dual-boot systeme. I think that this would be a problem because I alredy have three primary partitions, System_DRV,Windows 7, and lenovo recovery

Link to this post 24 Jan 11

All of the windows partitions are needed to recover windows in case it fails. You will need the Linux swap partition which is like the paging file in windows that acts like backup RAM in case you have exceeded the capacity of your RAM. And you need the root partition to store all of you OS, application and user files.

If you have the complete windows recovery disk set for your computer then the recovery partitions can be removed, but most manufacturers have stopped shipping the disks with their computer to cut costs.

Link to this post 24 Jan 11

No, I don't have the recovery disk, I was wondering if there might be another way of installing linux without using two primary partitions

Link to this post 24 Jan 11

You don't need 2 primary partitions. Here's the fdisk from my dual boot laptop, Windows 7 and Fedora 14. I use a /boot partition, / (root) partition, a /home partition and a /swap partition.

Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/sda1 63 80324 40131 de Dell Utility
/dev/sda2 80325 30800324 15360000 7 HPFS/NTFS
/dev/sda3 * 30800325 450236868 209718272 7 HPFS/NTFS
/dev/sda4 450237690 976768064 263265187+ 5 Extended
/dev/sda5 450237753 452334904 1048576 83 Linux
/dev/sda6 452334906 536220984 41943039+ 83 Linux
/dev/sda7 536220986 552998200 8388607+ 82 Linux swap / Solaris
/dev/sda8 552998202 976766264 211884031+ 83 Linux

All Linux partitions are in the extended category.

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