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Old 08-22-2005, 06:25 AM   #1
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lilo and windows on Hardware RAID0 (3ware)

hi this is my config

-3ware Escalade 8506-4LP HARDWARE RAID Controller (SATA)

-4 WD SATA HDD's (250GB each)

-the first two WD's (1 & 2) and the last two WD's (3 & 4) are on seperate RAID0 partitions


-i installed windows on the first two drives (i.e. the first RAID0), and it seemed to install the bootloader on the MBR of the Seagate IDE drive

-i installed linux on the second two drives (i.e the second RAID0), and this overwrote the MBR on the Seagate IDE drive.

Linux boots fine, windows does not

this is NOT a software raid setup so my first RAID0 is recognized as "sda" with windows on "sda1", while the second RAID0 is recognized as "sdb" with linux on "sdb2", while swap is "sdb1"
this works for LINUX in lilo.conf

boot=/dev/hda #(the seagate ide drive)


however, this does NOT work for windows:


as a result, im able to boot only into linux.. in the windows recovery console, fixmbr/fixboot dont seem to work. Please help...thanks for your time.
Old 08-22-2005, 11:31 PM   #2
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LILO can have trouble booting Windows when it is on the MBR. Grub is a much better option. However, if LILO is giving you grief on bootup and putting it on the /root sector of the hard-drive doesn't work, you can always try NT Loader; Google returns a bunch of results on setting that up.

`fdisk /mbr` in Windows (startup disk) will reset the MBR to get back into Windows, if needed.

Last edited by flower.Hercules; 08-22-2005 at 11:32 PM.
Old 08-23-2005, 02:42 PM   #3
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thanks for the reply, i figured it out though..

for soem odd reason, though win is installed in /dev/sda, this works in lilo



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