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Old 05-18-2005, 12:37 AM   #1
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Dual boot question- 2 hard drives


I apologize if this is the wrong forum.

Alright, first off I want to know how to make my second hard drive 'visible', after my last attempt at dual booting I seem to have screwed it up. I cannot make it not hidden, no matter what I do. If there's a way to get it visible without destroying data, if I havent already, I'd appreciate it if anyone could suggest a method.

Now for my main question. I have a hard drive with Windows XP on it, which I plan to keep normal. If I get my second hard drive working again, is there a way I can keep the part I use in Windows visible, and make Linux/swap partitions as well?

My main goal is to have WinXP boot at default, and have a floppy that will load Knoppix (to be installed on second HD) at startup. Can this work, and can anyone explain it to me?

Thank you very much in advance.
 
Old 05-18-2005, 01:36 AM   #2
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what do u mean by visible

do u intend to mount them???

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Old 05-18-2005, 01:56 AM   #3
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what exactly is mounting, now? (sorry I just got into Linux)
 
Old 05-18-2005, 02:02 AM   #4
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do u just want to see the other partitons that u can access in windows???

checkout my mounting article here

http://linux4all.blogspot.com

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Old 05-18-2005, 07:58 AM   #5
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When you install Knoppix make sure it installs to "/dev/hdb". Then edit your "/etc/fstab" to list the other drives. With XP you have to download plugins to view reiserfs partitions.
 
Old 05-18-2005, 10:59 AM   #6
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Hi. I hope I am in the right spot this time. If not I apologize.

I too have two hard drives both 80 gig. I have Kanotix installed. I recieved Ubuntu disk yesterday in the mail. Would it be possible to run Kanotix on one hard drive and Ubuntu on the other? Or will that just create too many conflicts and problems? Or maybe it is not advisable to do that?

Thank you for any advice.
 
Old 05-18-2005, 12:18 PM   #7
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Don't know if this helps, but I have winxp in a 120gb HD (primary), and SuSE installed in a second 80gb HD. The second HD has 3 partitions... 1 swap, 2 linux & 3 FAT32.
 
Old 05-19-2005, 08:23 AM   #8
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You can install as many OS's as you got space for.
Just make sure to watch where thay will install so you don't overwrite an existing one.
Also watch for how the boot loader is installed, usually you have to go and edit menu.lst (grub) to add the other OS's. Which ever distro installs grub is the one you have to use to edit menu.lst.
 
  


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