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#1 User is offline   nil1975 

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Posted 10 September 2010 - 03:52 PM

Okay guys, i'm brand new to linux and i'm currently going to a technical school. My instructor recently gave me Fedora 12 on a cd. I also purchased a 500 gb WD external usb drive. I am running Windows Vista <_< on my laptop. What i want to do is partition my external hard drive to boot Fedora (so I can study and learn it), but, heres the trick: I want to boot on my hardrive with linux as an OS aaand I want to leave a partition with a windows file system on it as well so i can save my stuff from school on it and manipulate the data from my windows laptop. Be gentle though, as I have said I'm a NEWBIE!!! :blink:
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Posted 11 September 2010 - 11:20 AM

I would suggest setting up two partitions on your external drive. One with Windows installed and the other with Linux. If your computer can boot from USB devices (you'll have to check if your BIOS supports this), then you should be good.
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Posted 11 September 2010 - 03:27 PM

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View Posttechie4fun, on 11 September 2010 - 11:20 AM, said:

I would suggest setting up two partitions on your external drive. One with Windows installed and the other with Linux. If your computer can boot from USB devices (you'll have to check if your BIOS supports this), then you should be good.


My bios supports this but I dont have a hard copy of windows. I was thinking maybe i should partition it 250GB fedora and leave the other partition just unformatted if this is possible. and put the files on it that i need to be read by windows on the other partition?????
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Posted 12 September 2010 - 09:11 AM

View Postnil1975, on 11 September 2010 - 03:27 PM, said:

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View Posttechie4fun, on 11 September 2010 - 11:20 AM, said:

I would suggest setting up two partitions on your external drive. One with Windows installed and the other with Linux. If your computer can boot from USB devices (you'll have to check if your BIOS supports this), then you should be good.


My bios supports this but I dont have a hard copy of windows. I was thinking maybe i should partition it 250GB fedora and leave the other partition just unformatted if this is possible. and put the files on it that i need to be read by windows on the other partition?????


I would recommend UNetbootin. http://unetbootin.sourceforge.net/ It's a quick way of installing an OS. (A good tutorial at: http://sourceforge.n...ki/installmodes ) Please make sure your data is backed up before you begin. :)

However, if you have a fast enough computer (2+ GB RAM), I would suggest VirtualBox http://www.virtualbox.org/ It's a really great way to start out with Linux, because the OS is installed on a virtual HD.

If you have a thumb drive, you can install Fedora to it.

If you don't have the time or the know-how, I highly suggest VirtualBox.
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