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I can't move to partition (C)


i have been use is windows vita home prenuim nowaday. but I neet to change to be XP i can't change, it isn't move to chenel (c)

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  • JP Ortiz May 11, 2010

    What do you need to change to xp? are you trying to go from vista to xp? are you in a dual boot OS?

  • ashish13
    ashish13 May 11, 2010

    It is possible to install XP on a vista system by first formatting the system n booting with an XP bootable disk, but before doing that one needs to make sure if your computer has driver support for XP n also if Vista came preinstalled on your system then by installing XP u will be voiding the warranty.. 


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You can boot from a windows Xp cd
so you can reinstal windows on ur C partation

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I want to install ubuntu and Mandiva, my question how to Install both operating systems? Thanks


The answer is yes, and no.
Both Mandriva and Ubuntu are Linux based and they do have
similarities and differences. The differences in how things run
may cause you problems, so the easy answer is no. There are
similarities that can be shared, and in this case, you have a
yes.

Since you mention XP and Ubuntu halves above, I'll assume you
have your harddrive split in only 2 partitions, perhaps or
preferably 3 partitions, such as.
hda1 = C: = XP ntfs (maybe 15 to 40 GB in size)
hda5 = extended partion which holds Ubuntu and swap
hda6 = = Ubuntu (maybe 4 GB or bigger and includes home)
hda7 = swap (approximately 2x the size of your RAM)

First, we begin by describing your hard drive geometry.
When IBM compatible PC computers came into existence, the hard
drives had definitions allowing the harddrive to be divided into
4 separate partitions. 1 of the 4, could be allocated as
an "extended" partition which could be divided further into many
more partitions. In the past, this allowed you to have 4
distinctly different operating systems on your harddrive, or 3
distinctly different operating systems and an extended partition
for extended drives, so in the past, it was possible to have
combinations such as DOS, Win95, OS2, and shared extended drives.
There were additional limitations, but based on you
describing "halves", your computer does not have the 1024
cylinder problem of long-ago and you are running a more modern
computer with a modern BIOS.

XP does want to be the 1st operating system on the 1st
enabled "primary" partition, so let us leave that as it is since
linux is more flexible and can be put on the extended partitions.

From a linux perspective, the primary reserved definitions would
be 1,2,3,4 (XP will me located in one of these 1..4) and the
extended partitions are 5 to define the partition, then
6,7,8,9.... (your Ubuntu will be located on one of these 6...).

Due to some very old software having had problems in the past,
you will want try to keep within the boundaries of 6,7,8,9 to
avoid problems (unless you are an expert at troubleshooting).
In linux, you may note that your hard drive is described as hda
or perhaps sda and a number.
If you type at the command line fdisk /dev/hda and then
choose "p" for partition definitions it should describe how your
hard drive is partitioned right now. Press "q" to exit.

I'll assume you do not know about moving and remounting
directories, so we'll go the easy way with more steps but less
chance of problems.

If you have not done anything particularly important on your
Ubuntu worth saving yet and don't mind reinstalling it, I would
recommend putting the /home in a separate partition which you can
share between Ubuntu and Mandriva, and also a separate /swap
partition that can also be shared. If you need to keep certain
things, then make a backup of what you want to keep and put those
aside to restore later. This is better done now before you
install Mandriva. We want to avoid some complicated moves later.

I prefer to backup my machine before causing some major changes
such as these, it is strongly recommended you find a method to
backup your computer at the hard drive "image" level so you can
recover from a disaster if something goes wrong. this may help if
you have another computer available with sufficient hard drive
space. Substitute windows "share" instead of Samba if the other
computer is windows based.
http://www.joescat.com/backup/disk_image.html
If the above does not work for you, just make sure you make a
backup you can recover from one way or another.

With your Ubuntu install CDrom divide and install your Ubuntu
somewhat like this (partition #s and sizes may vary)
hda1 = C: = XP ntfs (maybe 15 to 40 GB in size)
hda5 = extended partion which holds Ubuntu and swap
hda6 = home = Ubuntu (to share with Mandriva, make it
sufficiently large)
hda7 = = Ubuntu (maybe 4 GB or bigger, does not have home)
hda8 = empty partition (same size as hda7 - not defined)
hda9 = swap (approximately 2x the size of your RAM)

I recommend in the order above since you should rarely if ever
need to use /swap (so it is at the very end of your harddrive),
and your /home is next to your XP C: partition, which allows you
to change and modify everything in between your /home and /swap
without having to modify your XP C: /home or /swap any more.

Next, get your Mandriva CDrom install disk, and begin installing
it, during install, you want to re-use the existing Ubuntu /home
and existing Ubunt /swap partitions, so you indicate during
install:
hda1 = C: = XP ntfs (maybe 15 to 40 GB in size)
hda5 = extended partion which holds Ubuntu and swap
hda6 = home = Mandriva (to share with Ubuntu)
hda7 = leave as undefined (it is your existing Ubuntu ""
hda8 = = Mandriva
hda9 = swap (approximately 2x the size of your RAM)

The values 1,6,7,8,9 may not be the same as they are assigned by
the partitioning tool, but the locations on the disk should be in
that order. Mandriva has resizing and partition moving options if
the partitions need to be re-sized, I think Ubuntu also includes
similar tools too. After finishing, run XP and do a command-line
chkdsk C: to make sure XP is happy with any changes you may have
made to XP's partition.

You should now have XP, Ubuntu and Mandriva with a shared /home
partition and a shared /swap partition. thanks

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