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Old 01-14-2013, 02:22 AM   #1
jmepisman
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dual dedicated hard drives


Hello all, i have a compaq presario with two hard drives.mepis11 on one and windows vista on the other.i am currently plugging and unplugging each drive manually.is there a command that would allow both to work.i would like mepis to boot first and windows to sit quietly and play nice. thank you for your time and know how
 
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For that to work requires the Mepis disk to be the first disk the BIOS finds on startup. Once that is in place you add an entry for the Windows system.
Looks like Mepis now uses grub2 - with luck it'll have update-grub; should do it all for you.
 
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If you have Mepis on one hard drive and vista on the second, why can't you just select which drive to boot from the BIOS?
You would need the vista bootloader in the mbr of its drive and Mepis Grub in the mbr of its drive. Simpler than unplugging and plugging in a different drive every time.

Setting the Mepis drive to first boot would probably require a mapping entry in Mepis Grub2.
Do you want the vista bootloader in the mbr of its drive? Mepis Grub in the mbr of its drive?
 
Old 01-15-2013, 08:49 AM   #4
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Dual booting may be the hardest part of being a new users.

As above. Choices are a few ways and they depend on some support from hardware for a few of them.

At one time you used the active flag to select what boots. This may still work on some installs.

They then used boot managers. Still available and still work to boot maybe 100 OS's from a menu.

Gizmo's like hard drive switches were around and may still exist along with swappable drive bays.

Then at some point, bios makers figured out that we wanted this sort of option. One selects the boot device(order) either in bios or with a boot F key. Almost all newer systems have this.

In that mix is boot loaders that can allow you to select.

Each choice has some tips and tricks to watch out for.
 
  


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