Xp first or openSUSE first

This may be a no brainer and often repeated question
But i will ask again.
I need to install XP and openSUSE 11.3 onto a fresh disk
Should i install XP first and then SUSE or the other way around

Which will work 100% of the time

Hi
Install XP first and make sure you defrag the harddrive. Then install openSUSE and shrink it by the amount you wish to allocate to openSUSE.

If the hard disk is 320GB.Then should i leave some 30GB non partitioned space for openSUSE installation?

This should be more than enough IMHO. My root partition is 5.4 GB. I install very little software but still 94% are used at the moment so I wouldn’t recommend that little :slight_smile:

Best regards,
Greg

30GB is not much, but if that’s all you can afford so be it.

If you that, and assuming XP is all in One primary partition, you need to create an extended partition in the free space, and then 2 logical partitions inside the extended space.
2GB swap
all the rest to be / (root)
Don’t bother with a /home if you can only give 30GB to SUSE

Look at this:
SDB:All about GRUB - openSUSE
Picasa Web Albums - carl fletcher - openSUSE 11.2…

Don’t bother with a /home if you can only give 30GB to SUSE

That was my friends hard disk

My hard disk is only 25~28 GB western Digital(Vintage).I have a single boot openSUSE11.3 with home ,root,iam not able to see swap size in GNOME SYSTEM MONITOR
Does that mean that i don’t have swap space ?

i used df command i see this:-

linux-ur8q:~ > df
Filesystem           1K-blocks      Used Available Use% Mounted on
/dev/mapper/system-root
                      10684004   4536544   5604740  45% /
devtmpfs               1031316       220   1031096   1% /dev
tmpfs                  1031520      2292   1029228   1% /dev/shm
/dev/sda1                69972     27329     39030  42% /boot
/dev/mapper/system-home
                      16030116  13739440   1476392  91% /home

No it doesn’t

Open a terminal and do this as su -

fdisk -l

Like this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h191KrDK-I0)

Post result

fdisk -l

Disk /dev/sda: 30.0 GB, 30020272128 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 3649 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
Disk identifier: 0xefb8efb8

   Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
/dev/sda1   *           1           9       72261   83  Linux
/dev/sda2              10        3649    29238300   8e  Linux LVM

Disk /dev/dm-0: 16.7 GB, 16676552704 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 2027 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
Disk identifier: 0x00000000

Disk /dev/dm-0 doesn't contain a valid partition table

Disk /dev/dm-1: 11.1 GB, 11114905600 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 1351 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
Disk identifier: 0x00000000

Disk /dev/dm-1 doesn't contain a valid partition table

Disk /dev/dm-2: 2147 MB, 2147483648 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 261 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
Disk identifier: 0x00000000

Disk /dev/dm-2 doesn't contain a valid partition table

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You are using LVM
Why?

30GB is enough. 40GB would be better. It is always better to create the partitions you need (in this case swap and /) before running openSUSE setup. Actually I would first create the partitions with PartedMagic : A big NTFS, a 2 GB swap and a 40 GB ext4, then install XP (The setup will recognize the NTFS partition and proposed to install in there, just reformat and install), then install openSUSE, select “Create partition setup” during the installation (don’t let the setup make the decision or shrink any partition), pick the last partition, mount as “/” choose ext4 filesystem and check “format”.

You are using LVM
Why?

I was just playing around .Only using LVM ,openSUSE got installed.I am a 100% certfied Linux newbie .Did not know what to do :slight_smile:

Wipe the HD
As suggested by @please_try_again
Use Parted Magic

But to be honest, I’m a little confused. What HD you are using / installing to, as you seem to have included some info about a friends HD - sorry, if that seems dumb.

30GB thingy is mine with fdisk command is mine
320GB one is my friends

So you are installing SUSE to which ?
XP to which ?

320GB will be dual boot -friends machine(xp+SUSE)
30GB -Mine already has openSUSE alone,LVM stuff

So is it just your friends HD that you are installing to and does it already have XP installed?

You are not installing to your HD then?

No i don’t want dual boot on my puny HD.I am fully content with SUSE

So is it just your friends HD that you are installing to and does it already have XP installed?<==That us my question,which should i install first?Xp first or openSUSE first?

Don’t tell us you’re going to install both operating system on your friend’s hard disk installed on your computer and remove the hard disk after you’re done to give it back to your friend (?!)

No i would never try that.His is a new rig,cabinet and all.He is giving it to me to play with it :slight_smile:

You make me smile…surely not!