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Old 08-28-2008, 08:40 PM   #1
Charles_In_Charge
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Questions concerning the installation of Fedora 9 on a second hard drive


Hello

I am new to Linux and I would like to install Fedora 9 on a second SATA 3.0 hard drive that I will be purchasing within the next week. Currently, I have a SATA 3.0 hard drive with Windows XP Pro installed. I understand that during the installation of Fedora 9 it is possible to mess up my Windows install and not be able to boot to it.

What would be the best way to install Fedora 9 on a second hard drive without hurting my Windows XP Pro setup? Would I install the GRUB on the Linux hard drive and not on the MBR?

Would these directions help me out: http://www.geocities.com/epark/linux...w2k-HOWTO.html?

Is there a better set of directions I could use?

If I follow the above set of directions, would I be able to unplug the Fedora 9 hard drive and still be able to boot into Windows?

I really want to start using Linux. I've heard great stuff about it. Help would be appreciated.

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Old 08-28-2008, 10:32 PM   #2
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this is what I did, maybe not a good idea, but it worked for me.
connect xp drive as A, linux drive as B,
diconnect drive A, install linux on B
re-connect drive A
change the computer BIOS to start boot drive B
if everything working, go to grub.conf, add xp drive and time to wait.
so that you can dual boot from Linux.
 
Old 08-29-2008, 04:25 PM   #3
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Thanks for the reply. Can anyone confirm any of these solutions as being the correct way of doing this? I want to use a method that not only works but is safe and fool proof.
 
Old 08-29-2008, 05:07 PM   #4
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Physically disconnecting the drive is about as safe as it's going to get. I would suggest doing it the way uncle_phillip suggests if you are that worried about losing windows. After installing Fedora, you will need to make an entry in the /boot/grub/grub.conf file. Since you won't have your windows drive connected there will be no entry for windows. Go into a terminal in Fedora and post the output of the command 'fdisk -l' (lower case letter L). You need to run that command as root user. Someone will be able to tell you exactly the entry you need in that file
 
Old 08-29-2008, 08:27 PM   #5
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That's a lot of work switching cables and BIOS options. Just switch the cables, that's all that it takes, then install Fedora to drive 1.
 
Old 08-29-2008, 09:43 PM   #6
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if the first drive is windows ( sda) and set as master
then the second drive is set to slave ( sdb) linux
the fedora installer will ( default settings) install GRUB on the MBR of sda overwrighting the windows bootloader . Then will auto setup grub to boot windows and fedora .
there are two ways to dual boot

1) use GRUB to boot both windows and fedora ( default setting)
also you will need a windows install disk ( not a windows repair disk)
if something goes wrong
every know and then Windows WILL try to " fix" the working GRUB and replace it with the windows bootloader ( say by by to booting fedora with out the install disk) until you reinstall GRUB

2) use the windows bootloader to boot fedora and windows
HOWTO Dual Boot Fedora & Windows With NTLoader
http://forums.fedoraforum.org/forum/...ight=dual+boot
can be a bit risky if you type the wrong command , this is not very likely .
i use this method to boot win xp and fedora 8

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Old 08-29-2008, 09:50 PM   #7
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I thought I had pointed out a third way to dual boot... and none of the issues associated with 1 or 2.
 
Old 08-29-2008, 10:08 PM   #8
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then edit the fedora /boot/grub/grub.conf and add by hand ( instead of auto detected and set )
Code:
title Windows_XP
        map (hd0) (hd1)
        map (hd1) (hd0)
	rootnoverify (hd1,0)
	chainloader +1
and then ( i can't remember exactly how at the moment ) convince windows it is still sda and not sdb
 
  


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