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Hard Disk Partioning


I have a hdd disk (packard bell easynote laptop) which i want to partition. The disk has 4. 01gb fat32 backup and 33. 25gb ntfs. Do i need to change the ntfs to fat32 before partitioning? I have fedora 7 on cd-rom which i want to install. Can anyone advise the best way to do this? How safe is partition majic? I tried using the disk management system, but not having any luck.

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