Linux on FAT32

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Linux on FAT32

Postby ziajee » Mon Oct 06, 2003 10:29 am

I am having windows 98 with FAT32 ..
i want to install Redhat Linux on it..

is it posiable that i can do..


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Postby slick » Mon Oct 06, 2003 11:33 am

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Postby farhanksa » Mon Oct 06, 2003 8:00 pm

u want to install linux on the partition which is fat ??? its not possible..
u have to use either or ext2 or ext3 file system type

mainly u need minimum 2 partitions (advance user uses seprate partitions)
one the main linux partition with the mount point / (2.5bg depends wt packages u want to install)
second the swap usually accoring to the size of ur ram

pls do search on instalation there r lots of replies for it
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Postby Faraz.Fazil » Mon Oct 06, 2003 10:57 pm

Linux can be installed on fat32 partitions, provided u use a seperate one

But installing linux on a fat/fat32/non ext2 /non ext3 partition is really not recommended and it degrades performance to quite a great extent..in short, linux on fat32 sux!

Fat/Fat32 are not Linux-native filesystems..also a whole bunch of permission errors may arise.

Its best to install linux on a seperate native linux parition like on a ext2 or ext3 partition, and set up a dual boot system.In my opinion installing linux on a non linux partition really does not make sense.If u need to access file from fat/fat32 drives in linux, u can do so by mounting that partition as vfat in linux, which can read fat partitions really well

Ext3 is quite similar to ext2 just it has better journalling support.
Also ext3 partitions can be mounted as ext2 on the fly.
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Postby msameerbutt » Thu Oct 09, 2003 4:24 pm

Fist of Make Some Free Space on your existing Hard Disk
suppose you have C,D,E Drives on your Win 98
Make one Free but dont touch the drive which have windows system files

suppose you choose E Back up E data ( if you have ) then Reboot your system and put linux cd and start installation here again you need format the partion which is your previously E drive

you need to make two partion one for Linux Mount and one for Swap

I think you can now start installation if any question let me know
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Postby Faraz.Fazil » Fri Oct 10, 2003 12:26 am

Creating a new ext2/ext3 partition for installing linux has already been explained in previous posts:

This is an earlier post of mine, which explains how to install redhat linux 9 and creating ext2/ext3 partitions for linux during the process:

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Free a partition in windows ..make it entirely empty by moving data to other drives.This is the drive on which linux will be installed,It should be of a sufficient size.

Start the setup and select the disk druid as the partitioning mode.
Delete the partition u emptied.Create a new ext2 or ext3 partition for "/" in the free space just created. Alot it the max free size available but leave 256 mb free for swap.

Also create a 256 mb swap drive.

Complete the rest of setup

Also u can use 3rd party tools like partition magic or gnu parted to create/resize ext2/ext3 partitions, and u can also delete the empty partition in fdisk (dos version) or partition magic and can then directly create the ext2/ext3 partition in the free space during disk druid.
BUt the method explained in detail before, is a much safer and effecient method
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msameerbutt wrote:Fist of Make Some Free Space on your existing Hard Disk
suppose you have C,D,E Drives on your Win 98
Make one Free but dont touch the drive which have windows system files

suppose you choose E Back up E data ( if you have ) then Reboot your system and put linux cd and start installation here again you need format the partion which is your previously E drive

you need to make two partion one for Linux Mount and one for Swap

I think you can now start installation if any question let me know
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