[CS-FSLUG] Adding a partition for Linux

Eduardo Sanchez lists at sombragris.org
Sat Jul 12 14:53:51 CDT 2008

On Thursday 10 July 2008, Jim Isbell, W5JAI wrote:
> I have a PC running on XP and want to add a partition so I can
> install Linux.  BUT...the entire drive is occupied with the one
> partition for XP.  Is it possible to shrink the partition, either
> within Windows or with an external CD so that I can add Linux without
> loosing the stuff I have on the Win partition.  The Win partition
> while using the whole drive is only using 6 gbytes pf the 80 gbytes
> available!

The answer is Yes. I recently did exactly this stuff.

With a fairly recent live Linux CD (such as System Rescue CD -- 
http://www.sysresccd.org/) I resized the XP partition using GParted. It 
didn't even need defragmenting.

I installed Linux (Slackware 12.1) afterwards. I marked the boot linux 
partition as bootable, and I installed LILO (the boot loader) in the 
first sector of the boot partition.

LILO automatically detected the XP partition and added an option for it.  
Since then, my dual-boot setup worked fine.

The key is, do not install any boot manager on the boot sector. I was 
told that if that happened, the XP partition would be unable to boot.


Prof. Eduardo Sanchez
Asuncion, Paraguay, South America
 But if in vain, down on the stubborn floor
 Of Earth, and up to Heav'n's unopening Door,
   You gaze TO-DAY, while You are You--how then
 TO-MORROW, when You shall be You no more?

	-- The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam


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