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Old 01-09-2005, 02:40 PM   #1
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Lightbulb multi distro on one computer


Is it possible to load several different distros or two versions of the same distro on one computer? I currently have two partitions on one hard drive. I have Windoze on one and Mandrake on the other. I was wondering if I could put in a second hard drive and load another version of linux to try out on the second hard drive. Is this possible or would it cross over to the first hard drive and mess things up? Thank you, Stephen
 
Old 01-09-2005, 02:41 PM   #2
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yeah it's perfectly possible. you just need to modify the bootloader of one installation to cover both. other than that it will be a totally normal install
 
Old 01-09-2005, 03:57 PM   #3
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If you partition the new drive with primary partitions, you're limited to four. Use logical partitions and you can have IIRC, up to 28 partitions - is that enough distro's to play with?

Make sure you read up on chainloading boot loaders first - it may save you some grief...
 
Old 01-09-2005, 09:47 PM   #4
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acid_kewpie; Thanks for the info. I'm going to try an load 2 other distros to try out. Mandrake 10.1 is for the birds, they are getting to be like M$.
 
Old 01-09-2005, 09:50 PM   #5
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mugstar; Thanks for info. Just plan on loading 2 more distros. I want to compair them with the one I currently have loaded, Mandrake 10.1. I liked Mandrake 9.1 but 10.1 has made me look for something else.
 
  


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