Creating partitions

Aaron Konstam akonstam at
Sun Oct 23 20:17:14 UTC 2011

On Sun, 2011-10-23 at 09:57 -0500, Miguel Cardenas wrote:
> Hello
> I've installed Fedora 15 to try the distro, it was a bit difficult at
> first (I have used Slackware for the last 8 years) but I'm beginning
> to become familiar with Fedora usage, although I have a few doubts
> about the partitions.
> For years I used to create 2 primary partitions, SWAP and EXT3, but
> now I found that Fedora requires a different layout with more
> partitions like other *nix operating systems that distribute the space
> in more areas for home, root, usr, etc.
> I would like to keep simple my disk, and reading the Fedora
> installation guide found that there are only 3 partitions required,
> SWAP, BOOT (ext3) and ROOT / (ext3)... I still don't like the idea of
> an independent boot partition but let's do it in the Fedora way... so,
> I want to know if this layout may work for me... I want to ask before
> doing it to save hours of installation just to try and see the
> results...
> #1 PRIMARY type 0c (Win95 Fat32 LBA)
>      A - SWAP type 82
>      B - BOOT /boot type 83 (linux ext3)
>      C - ROOT / type 83 (linux ext3)
> And one additional doubt... Fedora worked fine on this laptop but just
> bought a new one, it comes with Windows7 preinstalled and want to keep
> the original system backed up... Do you think it is safe to use
> Clonezilla for any modern hard disk? My doubt is because I have a
> relatively old IDE disk (80Gb) that after restoring a Clonezilla
> backup it does not boot anymore, I guess it is due a possible
> different geometry interpretation by my installed linux and the
> Clonezilla bootable linux, since the disk is ok and works always
> perfect...
> So, do you think it would be a good idea to backup Win7 on a SATA
> 500Gb disk, no datafiles yet, just the operating system, I want to
> keep it for the license...
> And, after the backup, during the Fedora installation, it asks how to
> use the hard disk, there is an option to shrink a used partition, but
> would it work with Win7? As far as I know a NTFS partition can not be
> shrinked... is it possible? can you comment something about this?
> Thanks for your help!
> -- 
> Miguel Cardenas

You can customize your partitions using the Custom option in the
installation sequence. It is all easier if you install the Windows first
in the first partition.
The end of labor is to gain leisure.
Aaron Konstam telephone: (210) 656-0355 e-mail: akonstam at

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