I want to install redhat9.0 & win2k3 dual boot,what should i do?
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You've got two options - use RH or Windows boot menu. Create Windows partition in any utility you have (fdisk, for example), leave free space for RedHat. Install Windows. Check if it boots - it shouldn't use boot manu. Then install Redhat. It will detect Windows, make sure it was added to boot menu. When you finish install, you should have RedHat boot menu and be able to boot both systems.
Don't know if this was what you had in mind, and I assume you only have 1 hard drive in your system, but here is how I was able to get a dual boot system of WinXP Home and RH9 onto my laptop.
1. Install WindowsXP Home. My laptop (a Dell Inspiron 600m) had the harddrive pre-imaged with WindowsXP as 1 partition taking up the whole hard drivesave for about 128MB for suspend storage. I know from experience that when installing Windows2K or WindowsXP, it will ask you where to install it and you can then so some re-partitioning if you wish.
2. Check that Windows works.
3. If Windows is taking up the entire harddrive, or more than you would like, you need to re-partition it. I used PowerQuest's PartitionMagic 7 (8 is available now). This is a commercial app that I happened to already have, so I used it. I think it retails for $40 or so. I re-sized my Windows partition to 1/2 the hard drive size (20GB from 40GB), and then moved that partition roughly 128MB in from the beginning of the hard drive.
The reason I moved the partition is because I wasn't sure if newer computers could boot from a partition that didn't start within the first couple of GB of a hard drive. I have had problems with this in the past. By leaving ~128MB, I would be sure that Linux could place its boot partition in the lower areas of the hard drive.
4. Install RH9. Please use their tool to check each of the installation CDs prior to installing them( it comes up prior to actually performing the install). From what I have read on this board, many an install has gone wrong because of faulty media.
5. Choose your install and go. RH9 will install the GRUB boot-loader for you, and automatically detect the Windows partition and add it to the list of boot choices. It will probably say DOS or something, but you have the options to change the label if you want. Note that you can change boot options later from Linux by editing the GRUB configuration files.
2003 generally take a while to boot. Did your later drive letters disappear? Personally, I dont like Windows to see my non-windows partitions. Windows always wants to format them, write a signature to them, etc. When i installed 2003 with rh9 i had no problems at all. Well, besides the fact that my sound driver was nonfunctional in 2003.
I dunno.. If you check disk management in windows...
Windows ALWAYS sees Linux partitions (at least in my experiences anyways), they just show up as unknown filesystem, which prompts windows to "take action" (format, recreate, write disk signatures, etc)