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Old 01-25-2005, 10:03 PM   #1
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My computer has 2 hd. One primary 120GB and slave 20GB. I am thinking of disconnecting primary and making my slave primary. Then installing linux on it. How do I go from there so I can do dual boot and choose which os I want?

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Old 01-25-2005, 10:20 PM   #2
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What is on the 120?
 
Old 01-25-2005, 10:46 PM   #3
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120GB has windows xp with ntfs on it.


Also, if and when I get dual boot to work will my os see each other and will I be able to access the files on the other harddrive from each prospective one.
 
Old 01-26-2005, 02:47 AM   #4
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If you don't want too much trouble, keep your 120 gigs HD primary and install Linux on the second HD. Let the installer partition it for you and when you're prompted to install LiLO or GRUB, select the MBR option. This way you'll have the option to choose between the OSs at boot-up.
You can do it the way you said also (making the 2nd HD primary) but it would give you some headaches to get the dual-booter configured properly.

As for accessing the files located on the NTFS drive, no problem as long as you don't attempt to write on it (although there are NTFS capture drivers, but aren't recommended). You can either mount your drive manually (using "mount" command) or automatically at startup, editing the /etc/fstab file.
 
Old 01-26-2005, 10:33 AM   #5
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Do I have to restart and load from CD or can I run it in windows?
 
Old 01-26-2005, 11:14 AM   #6
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To install, you will have to restart and load from CD.

To switch OSes, you will reboot, and select the OS you want from the boot menu.
 
Old 01-26-2005, 02:28 PM   #7
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No way you'll run it from Windows! Make sure that the boot order in BIOS is floppy,cdrom, hard-disk (anyway, the cdrom must come ahead of the hard-disk), insert the CD and off you go.
If the CD(s) are from a computer store ok. But if they are downloaded from the Internet keep in mind that the iso files must be burnt as images, not as regular files. Also, it would be useful to check the MD5 sum of the isos after download.

Good luck!
 
  


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