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SubjectRe: Linux support for Microsoft dynamic disks?

Hello All , I see one very big gotcha here . M$ doesn't want you
to have a linux partition on the drive they fdo this by not
recognising your ext2/ext3/JFS/... partition .
The next real difficulty is going to be for those that already
have a linux system setup and are going to try & install M$-LDM on
their drives & BANG! no more ext2/... . A work around such as Art
describes below is VERY much needed & needs to be posted in all
the right places .
As an aside linux-kernel/... are going to hear at least a half a
years worth of noise about it . Sorry about the noise . JimL

On Sun, 13 May 2001, Art Boulatov wrote:

> On Sunday 13 May 2001 03:15 pm, mirabilos wrote:
>
> > ................
> > I had (on a 2G disk) a NTFS, a FAT and some Linux partitions. It even
> > refused
> > to convert to dynamic disk. When it finally did, my Linux partitions
> > vanished.
> > You need this support to even be able to use linux on that disk... btw
> > .........................
>
> It is actiually possible to have both Linux and Windows 2000/Windows XP with
> dynamic disk on the same hard drive for now.
>
> The thing is you have first to install Windows XP, leaving required space
> for the Linux install, and convert the drive to dynamic disk.
> When it is sucessfully converted you can reboot from linux floppy and "resize"
> the last partition on the disk to the place where the free space actually
> begins.
> Now it's possible to create some partitions here to install Linux.
> The point is Windows still thinks there is an unpartioned space there,
> where you just put your Linux distro :)
>
> But thats not the option anyway,
> and recognising dynamic disks would be a much better solution :).
>
> Art.
>
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