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Old 09-05-2006, 07:03 PM   #1
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Dual-boot reformat


Hey whats up guys. I am currently running a dual-boot rig with Fedora Core 4 and Windows XP Pro. I want to do a format and reinstall of XP, its definetly time. I am just curious how this works with a dual-boot system though. If I format the XP will this effect Fedora in anyway or even GRUB for that matter? Is there any special precautions that need to be taken. Or is it even possible to format just one drive?

Any help would greatly be apprecaited!!
thanks

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Old 09-05-2006, 07:17 PM   #2
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XP is horrible and will overwrite the MBR on the hard disk, erasing GRUB. When it does this I just boot off a Linux CD and reinstall GRUB so I can access Linux again
 
Old 09-05-2006, 08:11 PM   #3
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XP is horrible and will overwrite the MBR on the hard disk, erasing GRUB. When it does this I just boot off a Linux CD and reinstall GRUB so I can access Linux again
So after I finish installing windows. I would boot off the first fedora CD? I did not realize that I could install just GRUB. Is this possible?
 
Old 09-05-2006, 09:31 PM   #4
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Yes, it is possible.
 
Old 09-07-2006, 09:48 PM   #5
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I tested a CD of windows XP to see if I had burned it correctly. I wanted it to be a bootable copy and as far as I can tell it is. However when I attempt to boot off the cd I get past the "system is inspecting you systems specs..." or whatever it says and then it goes to a black screen and nothing happends. I am just wondering if this has something to do with the fact that I have a dual boot system? Is there anything special I need to do? I also tried an older bootable version of XP I know works because I have used it before and it did the same thing.

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Old 09-07-2006, 10:38 PM   #6
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unless you're trying to tell it to install to a linux partition(which it wouldn't let you do anyway) or something like that, the Windows install should not crash out due to the presence of a linux install.

The only time I've had a windows install crash out on me (got bsods), the culprit was faulty RAM (it had been damaged when the PSU exploded!), and was led to believe by "techs" at local shops when looking for new RAM that bad RAM is basically the only cause of windows install crashes(provided of course the CD is not corrupt in some way, and no needed pieces have been removed with nlite or something).

you might want to download the memtest86 bootcd and run a check (it may take a while).

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Old 09-09-2006, 06:25 PM   #7
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Lightbulb GAG. HW setup, FS used original installs. Current DB M$+Linx working OK

Specify hardware setup, existing partitions & File systems in use. Do you have another box to work from? Yes, Formatting just one HD should be simple & straightfoward. I am trying out Linux distros, I normally just install M$; but format [FAT32] a small BOOT part ~512MB (hoping to make MBR &/or BL problems easier to fix later, not have to Complete Reinstall).
My 2nd P part is 2 to 4GB page file (L=SWAP). I then install XP in ~8GB part. When adding distros I have the whole rest of HD in my LT for playing with, am sharing swap btwn distros, trying to share /Home (FAT32) with Linux & M$ so I can read w/ either O/S. FC5 does seem not seem to like reiserFS, so I used Ext3 for /
I do not use 3rd party part as PM8 appears to have screwed me over when M$ Vista is on the HD. 3rd BL = GAG. (search my threads for more info!) but GAG 4.6 seems different w/ FC5. I have DL of FC6 2 I/P!
Does win XP boot CD have SP2? AFAIK; If not it will not boot when Linux already on the HD! If SP2 M$ win should boot OK I have heard. Maybe a Pro vs FC4 conflicting FS. I noticed that new FC5 Grub BL I just loaded onto Pro HD, works a bit different than Suse10.1 did (or Kubuntu 64 on my DT). + tried installing BL to FC5 part, not to MBR.
If FC not boot, 1st CD, F5 `Rescue System' should fix Grub

Last edited by digital8doug; 09-11-2006 at 02:26 PM. Reason: RSVP to thread in more detail after U replied. Still Need more info in original post on what, WHY to allow prompt & accurate answers. Otherwise other members are just guessing as to full extent of
 
Old 09-10-2006, 10:52 AM   #8
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Does win XP boot CD have SP2? AFAIK; If not it will not boot when Linux already on the HD!
Yes service pack two is on the CD. I have been poking around and I have come to the conclusion that the only way I am going to be able to do this is if I reformat the two drives. From what I understand I now need to find a 3rd party bootloader to allow my to run of XP CD. Anyone know any third party bootloaders? And how they work?
 
  


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