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Old 02-02-2009, 02:28 PM   #1
nappy501
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upgrade Suse 10.2 to Suse 11.1,questions? Multiboot


Hi Everyone,

I'm not sure this is in the right place and I have several questions.

I am running Suse 10.2 dual boot with Windows XP.

I have two hard drives.

This is from cfdisk:
Code:
Disk	Drive:	/dev/hda						
Size:	160041885696	bytes	160	GB				
Heads:	255	Sectors	per	Track:	63	Cylinders:	19457	
								
Name	Flags	Part	Type	FS	Type	[Label]	Size	(MB)
------------------------------------------------------------------------------								
hda1		Primary	NTFS	[^B]			20974.47	
hda2	Boot	Primary	Linux	ext3			106.93	
hda3		Primary	Linux	ext3			12592.91	
hda5		Logical	Linux	ext3			22002.63	
hda6		Logical	Linux	swap	/	Solaris	1085.74	
		Logical	Free	Space			103276.62
and from cf -h
Code:
Filesystem	Size	Used	Avail	Use%	Mounted	on
udev	       221M	156K	221M	1.00%	/dev	
/dev/hda2	99M	14M	81M	15.00%	/boot	
/dev/hda3	12G	5.4G	5.7G	49.00%	/	
/dev/hda5	21G	8.4G	11G	44.00%	/home	
/dev/hdd1	39G	23G	17G	58.00%	/windows/D
As you can see
dev/hda is dual boot with Windows XP. I left some unpartitioned so I could multiboot, but never had the guts to do it.
Then I have a second hard drive dev/hdd1 which is vfat and is shared by Windows XP and Linux.

Normally I back up my home directory to the shared drive, but now it is too large over 4 gb.

What I would like to do is copy all my photos, movies sound tracks of approximately 2 gb to the second hard drive and also burn them to a dvd. I would like the date and time on the files to remain the same.

I would also like to copy my downloads folder to the second hard drive and burn it to a dvd.

And my emails from Thunderbird and settings from Firfox and SeaMonkey.

Then delete these two folders from my main drive, I believe my home directory will then be below 4 gb and I can tar them to the second drive and burn a copy.

I was only going to use the hda drive and leave the hdd one alone.

So questions:
1) How do I copy the files, but keep the date and time the same.
2) Last time I re installed although I could see the files, they were all read only.
3) Will my present partitioning work for multibooting?
4) There seem to be several ways of multibooting, which would be the easiest? Or simplest?
5) What order should I install them in. I realise I have to do the windows first.

The only reason I haven't tried multibooting before, is I need to beable to use the machine, so I have to get it up and working.

At least this time my children have an old computer so if it all goes pear shaped I can ask questions online.

Look forward to your suggestions.

Regards
 
Old 02-02-2009, 03:14 PM   #2
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so what is your question I see a lot of asking you think one goal at a time would be nice there are several forums for theses questions and different people with different expertise.
Why would you want them the same they will be moved and modified. Or is this a, why is my clock different on the systems.? or how do I symlink all these folders to be used from one user. etc etc. I have 5 systems on three hard drives all my users can access a privileged folder on a drive. but I gave up windows 10 years ago but when I did have it my users could use that privileged folder to through user privileges.so all your pictures are in mm let me guess my-pictures on /dev/hda1 under documents then symlink that to a folder in your users /home/name/document. but make sure that user has disk privileges.and the drive is mounted at boot. and you have more windows stuff on hdd1 symlink that file to your documents. if you want to keep the time the same you will cut and paste if you copy it will be creating a new folder. if you cut it and paste it you move the file not copy. it keeps its dates till you open it then a new modified date appears.
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there is only one way to multi boot you use a boot loader that points to the system you want to start.
grub lilo lodlin isolinux all boot loaders I like grub .

Last edited by Drakeo; 02-02-2009 at 03:20 PM.
 
Old 02-05-2009, 03:21 PM   #3
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so what is your question I see a lot of asking you think one goal at a time would be nice there are several forums for theses questions and different people with different expertise.
Why would you want them the same they will be moved and modified. Or is this a, why is my clock different on the systems.? or how do I symlink all these folders to be used from one user. etc etc. I have 5 systems on three hard drives all my users can access a privileged folder on a drive. but I gave up windows 10 years ago but when I did have it my users could use that privileged folder to through user privileges.so all your pictures are in mm let me guess my-pictures on /dev/hda1 under documents then symlink that to a folder in your users /home/name/document. but make sure that user has disk privileges.and the drive is mounted at boot. and you have more windows stuff on hdd1 symlink that file to your documents. if you want to keep the time the same you will cut and paste if you copy it will be creating a new folder. if you cut it and paste it you move the file not copy. it keeps its dates till you open it then a new modified date appears.grub lilo lodlin isolinux all boot loaders I like grub .
Thank you for your response.

I will post each question separately. It is just that often people want to know the final end.

Regards

Nappy501
 
  


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