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Installing Linux to a different partition

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Hi folks...

I just wanted to find out something about permanently installing Linux (Ubutntu) onto one of my harddrives....I have two HHDs on my PC, one (40GB-fully partitioned) which only has my Windows XP Professional, games and my apps installed on it. I have another 80GB that I use for my files (documents, mp3s, etc...). The secondary HDD has 2 partitions (20GB and 60GB) on it and I use one partition for work/study and the other for personal stuff.

Now for my question(s)

A) Is it possible to create a new partition on the 40GB hard drive without having to format it & re-install EVERYTHING?

B) If I install Linux on anyone of my other partitions (on my other harddrive), will I still be able to access my documents and music?

---I ask this because I tried two live CDs (Knoppix and Morphix), and in Knoppix my harddrives were right there on the desktop, but when I tried Morphix I couldn't seem to locate them :) :

Any help would be greatly appreciated. :tazz:


Edited by uzername, 03 September 2005 - 04:20 AM.

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Yes it can noraly be done when installing with out affecting what you allreay have. If you don't feal save doing that, you can get Paritition Magic which is a very good program to do it with a grafical interface.

You first partiton on you first hard drive will show as /dev/hda1 and the second partition /dev/hda2 and so on unless you have a logical partition in which you might have a /dev/hda4 for your second partition. On your second hard drive the first partition will be /dev/hdb1. You might alreay know this but is might be usefull for those that do not.

Edited by Michael Buckley, 05 September 2005 - 05:41 AM.

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