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8th August 2005, 04:40 PM
Hi. I've had FC3 for a while now and love it, but I'm thinking that I would like to try one of the more configurable distros such as gentoo, purely because it looks like fun :) .
I have an 80gb HD, with one winxp partition and a large (60g) linux one. I use the grub bootloader to choose between FC3 and 'other'.

I know it's possible to resize the linux partition to make room for gentoo, but how would I go about using grub with it? I don't want to end up with the situation I had before where the mbr became corrupted and both linux and windows were unbootable :rolleyes:

any ideas?
cheers, john

8th August 2005, 04:46 PM
I assume you already know how to resize a partition. Once you have some free space, install the new distiribution on it: don't install any bootloader, because you already have one. At the end of the installation, boot into FC and add a lsection in grub.conf for the new OS.
Before proceeding, remember to back up your data, the mbr and the partition table. Should the mbr be rewritten by the installer of the new distro, you simply restore it from the backup.

8th August 2005, 04:55 PM
okay thanks, it seems pretty simple now you've explained it. I'll google for a guide to editing grub.conf.

cheers :)

8th August 2005, 05:12 PM
sorry, just a bit more help if possible?

Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/hda1 * 1 3588 28820578+ 7 HPFS/NTFS
/dev/hda2 3589 4097 4088542+ c W95 FAT32 (LBA)
/dev/hda3 4098 4110 104422+ 83 Linux
/dev/hda4 4111 9964 47022255 5 Extended
/dev/hda5 4111 9964 47022223+ 8e Linux LVM

there are my partitions. dev/hda2 is a fat32 which i use to exchange files between win and linux. hda3 is the boot partition and is the one that grub points to for fedora (hd0,2)

Should I resize the extended partition hda4?. Suppose I do this and create a partition in the free space, what will this partition be called and will it affect the numbering for hda1 and hda3?

thanks, john

8th August 2005, 10:33 PM
You have already used all four primary partitions, so the only way to add partitions is as logical partitions inside the extended partition hda4. Unfortunately resizing the LVM physical volume hda5 isn't supported in Fedora, so you are in trouble.

8th August 2005, 10:37 PM
thanks for clarification mate.
I've decided to install fc4 anyway. I will do a clean install and leave enough space to install gentoo as well. This is possible right?

8th August 2005, 10:42 PM
Yes, you can have Fedora and Gentoo on the same machine.