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Old 11-22-2009, 11:09 AM   #1
paddy's not St.Pat
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dual booting with FreeBSD and Slackware


Is it possible to dual boot FreeBSD and Slackware using two hard drives? I would think that I would load FreeBSD first on the first hard drive and put Slackware on the other, then I would have Lilo or Grub on the first hard drive with the FreeBSD. If I got it wrong please tell me. I would appreciate any and all help. I've got 60 years of ignorance towards computers to overcome. Thanks.
 
Old 11-22-2009, 11:37 AM   #2
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I don't see why this should not work. Your grub on HD1 should be able to boot operative systems on both hard drives. You might need to add a menu entry to grub for your OS on HD2, in grub this is done by editing the file /boot/grub/menu.lst.
 
Old 11-23-2009, 07:47 AM   #3
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If you want step by step instructions, this is what i would do:

1. Install the os you want on HD2 on HD2 first, and choose to install boot loader to HD2 (installing the boot loader is not necessary, but can be convenient).

2. Install the os you want on HD1 on HD1, and install the boot loader to HD1. (that is (hd0) in grub language).

3. Boot your computer. It should boot automatically to your OS on HD1. If it doesn't you need to change this in BIOS.

4. Once in OS in HD1, edit your /boot/grub/menu.lst and add a menu entry for your OS on HD2. If you don't know how to do this, you can just google it or get back to me and I can tell you what to add.


Note that it is not necessary with two different hard drives in order to have a dual boot. Two partitions on the same hard drive works equally well.

Good luck!
 
  


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