[TriLUG] Partitioning for n-booting
jtate at dragonstrider.com
Tue Jan 6 16:51:04 EST 2004
Mike Mueller wrote:
> I partitioned the hard disk on my laptop using DOS FDISK. I created a FAT32
> partition about 6GB and formatted it. The remainder of the disk was left
> I popped in the Toshiba recovery disk and expected it to load into the small
> partition I created. Instead, the dang thing re-partitioned and re-formatted
> the disk into an NTFS partition and ran the Symantec Ghost restore program.
> I think I am stuck with having to buy Partition Magic so I can reduce the
> NTFS partition so I can load GNU/Linux.
> The NTFS partition is not well handled by non-Partition Magic
> re-partitioners. The recovery disk is not a real XP installer so I don't
> have options for re-installing.
> Am I missing something?
IIRC, OEMs are required by Microsoft to provide install media if
requested. In fact some laptops come with recovery disks (which behave
as you described) as well as a separate drivers and installation disk.
You might check again to see if you have another CD, or contact the OEM
to see if you can acquire the proper media.
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