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Old 09-15-2004, 12:32 PM   #1
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"Rewrite" Linux distribution


First of all, thanks a lot for reading my question.

I have 2 Hard Drives in my computer, one with XP and the other with Suse. I would like to try Debian. Can I easily erase Suse and rewrite it with Debian?
 
Old 09-15-2004, 12:34 PM   #2
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Yes, just tell the Debian installer to create new partitions and filesystems on the second disk during the initial part of the install. It will completely overwrite everything that's there now.
 
Old 09-15-2004, 02:56 PM   #3
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Thanks a lot.

And a little question yet: What about the grub boot loader?
 
Old 09-15-2004, 03:03 PM   #4
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The Debian install will prompt you to reinstall it, and will put in a new grub.conf file pointing to the new kernel and root. If you do nothing it will still let you boot into XP but would fail if you tried to boot into the new or non-existant linux system.

Edited to add:

If you start the Debian install and reinstall Grub, you won't be able to boot into XP unless the installer explicitly creates an entry in the grub.conf file that is similar to the one being used now.

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Old 09-15-2004, 05:36 PM   #5
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Sorry, I don't understand well what I have to do then.
 
Old 09-15-2004, 05:51 PM   #6
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Just boot from the Debian install disk and follow their standard procedures to install linux on your second disk. Don't worry about what's there now. When it comes to the part where you install Grub it should detect that you have an XP install on the first disk and set it up for you automatically.

And when you're done you can do it all over again with SuSE if you find you like SuSE better.
 
Old 09-15-2004, 06:42 PM   #7
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Ok, Thanks a lot for your help dsegel.
 
Old 09-16-2004, 01:05 AM   #8
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Just a note...

You might want to look at your grub.conf file before you
erase it. Debian might not set up Windoze as easily as
SuSE did for you. It might, but wouldn't it be nice to know
how it works now in case there's a problem?
 
  


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