> > partition it to do it properly, so it won't have to be redone later?
> > Norcent 16x DVD
> > Pine CD-RW
> > Maxtor 40 GB 7200 rpm
> XP needs at least some real estate at the beginning of the drive. I'm
> used to W2k which requires 2G for the install, but it doesn't have to
> install at the beginning of the drive (it does need to install it's
> boot-loader at the beginning though.)
> It may cause less trouble if you may repartition later to install XP in
> the first primary partition, 3 to 6 Gig depending on how much software
> you plan on installing, and FAT32/NTFS whichever is your preference.
> Create an extended partition that uses the rest of your disk.
> You may want a separate partition for your XP swap, if so make it next.
> If you do set up a partition for swap leave it, as Windows tends to get
> cranky about a missing swap file.
> If you're going to be burning CDs, you'll probably want at least 2
> partitions of at least 750M or so, and should probably make them fat32
> so you can use XP and/or Linux to build/burn your CDs.
> You may want to create a partition just for sharing data between XP and
> Linux. It should be fat32 if you do.
> You'll also need an ext2/ext3 partition for your root (I don't know if
> RH 7.1 supports ext3, if it doesn't then I'd upgrade.)
> A swap partition.
> A home partition (optional but highly recommended ext2/ext3/reiserfs)
> All partitions after XP's (optional?) swap partition can be any order.
> My preference is to put the system partitions first, then data
> partitions. If you have XP I'd recommend installing it first, creating
> it's partitions using it's own tools, and remember to feed it
> appropriate sizes. Create all NTFS/FAT32 partitions at this time, and
> do NOT create partitions that will be changed to Linux at this time just
> leave unpartitioned space.
> While they do have tools that may/may not work to change partition
> sizes, the correct way is to plan ahead.
> Remember to keep a Linux boot disk in case XP overwrites the MBR.