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Installing Fedora alongside Win 7


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#1 comet@earth

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Posted 01 May 2014 - 11:05 PM

Hello

 

I want to install fedora in my computer.

I have previously installed and used ubuntu.

I installed ubuntu in the same drive as my windows(C:).

 

I would like to know the pros and cons of installing two OSs in the same drive.

 

If I don't want to install fedora in C:, in which drive should I install it?

 

Thanks


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#2 Anshad Edavana

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Posted 02 May 2014 - 12:55 AM

Hi

 

If i am not mistaken, "Fedora" can't be installed to C: without formatting the drive. "Ubuntu" does this by creating a virtual drive inside "C:" and installing Linux to it. In my knowledge that feature is not available with "Fedora".

 

I would recommend shrinking the "C" drive and create a new partition exclusively for "Fedora".

 

How to shrink "C" drive and create unallocated space : http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/2672-partition-volume-shrink.html

 

How to install Fedora :

 

 

 

Editing partitions is a risky process. Make sure to backup all the data to an external medium as an insurance.



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Posted 02 May 2014 - 08:30 AM

If I am correct all OSs boot from the primary partition. 

 

I am not able to upload a snapshot of the disk management screen. 

I have another primary partition(F:). Will I be able to boot fedora from that partition?



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Posted 02 May 2014 - 09:18 AM

 

 

Will I be able to boot fedora from that partition?

 

If I'm understanding Anshad right, you cannot unless you format a specific partition only for Fedora. You can use another LiveCD like Gparted to shrink one of your primary partitions instead of formatting it, allowing you to create another partition just for fedora.


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Posted 02 May 2014 - 10:51 AM

Even if I partition C: the maximum space that I can allocate is 22 GB. Will that be enough for fedora?

How do I post a screenshot of disk management?



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Posted 02 May 2014 - 07:06 PM

Even if I partition C: the maximum space that I can allocate is 22 GB. Will that be enough for fedora?

How do I post a screenshot of disk management?

 

What do you plan to do with it? Fedora's install size is less than 3GB, so with 2GB swap space you should have 17GB left. Will that be enough for what you plan to do?

 

Edit: Remember you still need space on your primary OS.  You don't want to take all the storage for it. Try defragging it if it's windows, that should allow you to get a better sense of how much data you can allocate.


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Posted 03 May 2014 - 03:13 AM

I plan to use it for programming, shell scripting, etc. Basically wok and learn on/about linux.

 

 

Thank you everyone for your inputs.

Have a nice day :)



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Posted 07 May 2014 - 07:18 AM

Hey there comet@earth - just wanted to let you know that I've recently tried this as well.

 

I would strongly suggest starting with anything Anshad recommends because of his skill set but did want to let you know about the guide that I followed and the details of such, which can be found here.

 

I've been (and am using right now) Fedora 19 along side my Windows 7 machine - both are 64 bit.

 

Once I figured out a couple of simple tweaks that needed to happen I wound up using Fedora for about a week straight before I logged back into Win 7, it was (and is) that easy.

 

Here is the initial guide that I started with and here is the first set of instructions I followed.

 

 

Please note where the author of the article mentions, "Use the free GParted Live CD only if you must." I did not use it and I did back up all my docs, pics, music, etc before starting the process.   << Pretty darn important as well as *making your recovery discs* from your Windows side in the event that it all goes sideways.

 

 

As I made mention in my original linked post, there are quite a few steps (at least it seemed that way for a noob like me) but I just plodded along slowly and now have been running both Operating Systems without any issues, logging in and out with access to both.

 

Hope the linked info helps and please let us know if/when you decide to move forward with it, inquiring minds always want to know.

 

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