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Old 02-04-2012, 12:24 PM   #1
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Dual booting Win7 and Debian


I have a couple questions to ask. Is it necessary to have a /boot partition? I also have a question about the boot loader. Will it ask me where to put it or do I have to manually do it? This is my first time ever using Debian and I am kinda nervous. Looks ever harder to install than Arch or Slack.
 
Old 02-04-2012, 12:29 PM   #2
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I have a couple questions to ask. Is it necessary to have a /boot partition? I also have a question about the boot loader. Will it ask me where to put it or do I have to manually do it? This is my first time ever using Debian and I am kinda nervous. Looks ever harder to install than Arch or Slack.
You only technically need one partition, but /home and / are what most people use. It will ask you where to install grub, and it will autodetect Win7 during the installation process.
 
Old 02-04-2012, 01:42 PM   #3
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I have a couple questions to ask. Is it necessary to have a /boot partition? I also have a question about the boot loader. Will it ask me where to put it or do I have to manually do it? This is my first time ever using Debian and I am kinda nervous. Looks ever harder to install than Arch or Slack.
I have a boot partition as well as home, user, var, and opt.
 
Old 02-04-2012, 01:58 PM   #4
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What they are trying to say is that a /boot partition is not needed.

Installing Linux of any variety is better done on / (root) and /home partitions. All others are up to you, including a /boot.

There is finally talk of having the installers for Linux actually automatically install on / and /home but it has not happened yet.

You will need to instruct the installer manually to do that if you want it. Left to itself you will be installed on just /.

It could be that grub will fail to pick up your MS install during the installation process. This means that the MS install will not be on the menu when you reboot. Do not panic.

When you get into the Debian OS simply pull up a terminal and run, as root;
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update-grub
I would be shocked if you rebooted and did not see the MS install on the menu after that.
 
Old 02-04-2012, 05:34 PM   #5
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Thanks for the responses. Proud to say I have successfully dual booted Debian and Windows. Now I just gotta get all the drivers...
 
Old 02-04-2012, 08:55 PM   #6
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You need to edit your /etc/apt/sources.list to get all that stuff easily.

See this thread;
http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...13/page17.html
 
  


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