In summary, you have to make sure you have a free partition (MBR table slot) and 200 MB of contiguous disk space. If you already have this, you can start installing MINIX 3 now. If you canachieve this situation by just deleting an existing partition, you can also start installing MINIX 3 nowsince the setup procedure allow you to delete partitions. However, if you first have to resize a partition,you need a partition editor that can resize the partition you have selected for reduction and you have todo this before starting the MINIX 3 installation using a partition editor that can handle the type of partition you want to resize.
How to Partition Your Disk
Before starting to manage your disk partitions, be sure to back up your files to CD-ROM or DVD to prevent losing them all in the event something goes wrong during the partitioning process. It has beenknown to happen. In what follows, we will assume you are running Windows, since most peoplerunning BSD or Linux have already encountered this problem and presumably now know how to partition disks.What you have to do depends on whether you have enough free space and a free partition. Keep inmind that the goal is end up with at least one free partition and at least 200 MB of contiguous free disk space.
Step 1: Inspect the disk.
Determine how many partitions you have and what types they are. OnWindows 95, 98, and ME, all partitions are FAT partitions. On Windows 2000 and XP they could beeither FAT or NTFS, so proceed as follows:
Click on StartClick on 'Help'Type 'disk management' in the dialog boxDouble click on 'overview' in the left paneClick on 'disk management' in the right pane
Click on StartClick on 'Help and Support'Type 'disk management' in the dialog boxClick on 'Using disk management' in the left paneClick on 'Computer management (Local)' in the right paneClick on 'Disk management' in the new windowExamine the display to determine the number of partitions, their types, and their sizes.
Step 2: Decide on a course of action.
If there is 200 MB of contiguous free space and not more than 3 partitions, you can begin installing MINIX 3 now. Similarly, if there are one or more partitions that youare willing to delete and whose removal will give you 200 MB of contiguous free space, you can also begin installation now. If all four top-level partitions are in use, you must select at least one for deletion. If there is a free partition (i.e., MBR table slot) but insufficient free disk space and you wantto keep all partitions, you have to select a partition for resizing.
Step 3: Defragment the selected partition.
If a partition has to be resized to free up enough space,first defragment it to put all the data at the beginning and leave all the free space at the end to makeresizing possible. Windows comes with a defragmenting program. The click sequence for starting thedisk defragmenter is as follows:Start > Programs > Accessories > System Tools > Disk defragmenter When the program starts, click on the partition to be defragmented and then click on 'Defragment.'