lakehousetech wrote:You can't install windows in the same partition as mint because they are two different files systems (ext3 and NTFS). You can shrink your Mint partition down to allow free space, then take that free space and create an NTFS partition with it.
khanvict wrote:^ that's correct
if you need help: http://apcmag.com/how_to_dual_boot_linu ... _first.htm
hayz wrote:But once again i could barely get wat i was to do wen i got to the Codes ' sudo stuff!
Linux n00b wrote:hayz wrote:But once again i could barely get wat i was to do wen i got to the Codes ' sudo stuff!
Let me put it in simple fact. If you are new to linux system like me, and don't know what you are doing for certain things, it is best to research before doing anything. For dual boot or triple boot, the simplest option is to do it the right order and let OS handle the complicated part for you.
Linux n00b wrote:For example, if you want XP/Linux dual boot, the easiest way is to install XP first, then install Linux. The Linux installation will handle the rest for you. Since you have install Linux first, you will have to follow the "sudo stuff". It is not that hard really.
Linux n00b wrote:Dual boot partitions is not as simple as you'd like to think, my laptop (the one I type this reply) is Vista (for games) and Mint dual boot. I install Vista first, then Mint, the swap partitions created by Mint is not the best it can be, but it is a lot better than I mess up with partition myself.
lakehousetech wrote:Just make sure that you avoid choosing 'Guided Installation' when installing Mint again. Check out the Linux Mint user guide. There may be some good information in there regarding manual installation. I have to read it still. I have been lazy lately.
It is very hard for me to read your partition table. Old eyes, small picture. It looks like you have gotten yourself into a difficult place. Please write out your partition table and what you have on each partition. Also which are primary and which are extended/logical partitions.
XP must go on a primary partition. I don't know if you have one left or not.
You may have to do a bit of manual work here in order to not loose your data.
Well, first and foremost, any repartitioning or reinstalling any OS involves some risk of data loss. Nothing is more important than creating backups of all valuable data, but since that's not an option just know that there is no 100% guarantee!
While I'm fairly new to Linux (just started in February) but I've been playing with computers since the Tandy tape drive days and I've done a lot of repartitioning down through the years, but I have NO formal training of any sort!
Now, it looks like you have figured out how to use Gparted from the Linux Mint Live CD, eh?
And you're reluctant to try and edit GRUB's menu list to make both Mint and XP bootable after installing XP, so I must agree with the previous posts recommending that you remove Mint before installing XP, and then reinstall Mint afterwards.
If I were you, from looking at your screen-shot, I would delete everything but hda1 (your data partition),
In fact, since your data partition has less than 3GB of free space left, I'd fix that after deleting all other partitions and before doing anything else. I'd go ahead and give at least 8 to 10GB of additional space to hda1. (I'm assuming from what you've said that you already know how to "resize".
(1) I'm assuming that those small bits of "data" or whatever it is; 64.88MB used on hda3 and 65.07MB used on hda4 are nothing you need (or want) to save.
(3) All of this pre-partitioning must be done from the Live CD! A common foible is to not pay attention to the little "keychain" next to a partition. While all partitions should be "unmounted" in a live CD session you may have to right click swap partition(s) and then left click "swap off".
4) I don't like to "stack up" too many changes in Gparted before applying! In this case I'd delete hda3 and then click apply, then delete hda4 and apply. Then you could delete hda5, hda6, and hda2 (in that order) and apply all three of those changes at once. Then do the resize of hda1 (if you choose to) and apply that!
(5) When I'm all done partitioning I like to waste another 10 or 15 minutes and restart the computer and once again open Partition Editor (Gparted) while in the Live CD just to be sure my changes all took effect.
Once you've gotten through all of that you MUST be familiar with the XP installation process!
You didn't say if this was XP Home or Pro, but these screen-shots are fairly good:
Once the whole XP install procedure is done (don't bother with software installation or updates because Windows splatters unmovable crap all over a partition, OK) it's time to restart and see what we have! I sure wish we had a backup of that data partition!!!!!!!!!!
Lets see if we have an unallocated space large enough for Mint w/swap. 10GB or more will be fine,
Please run my ideas by someone else before just doing it! This is what I would do, that does not mean it's the best way!
by Fred on Sun Jul 27, 2008 10:06 am
Ok... Thanks much for the larger pics.
Looks like you have deleted all the partitions except the data partition. That is what you needed to do.
Use Gparted, it is in your live cd menu, and create a NTFS partition that is about 20 Gig. Make this partition a Primary partition. Leave the rest of the space unallocated.
Install XP on this partition.
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