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Old 05-17-2010, 07:50 PM   #1
FEAvery
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Secret Boot to hide Linux use


Hello I am new on list. Have been using Linux as choice OS for about 10 years. Have installed lots of versions using Grub without a problem. Now a new problem. Just bought new computer and wish to install second 1T Sata drive to put Linux on. If computer breaks will pull second drive out and factory will not know it was running Linux and void warranty. Any ideas? Have thought about installing Grub to second drive or to a USB thumb drive. - FEAvery

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Talked to HP and they told me if I alter the MBR or the geometry of the hard drive that they will void my warranty. Tried to run from USB drive and it is way too slow. Even esata is slower than sata.
Installed new sata drive in drive box but did not hook up. Let Windows 7 boot up and register itself with MS. Checked computer to see it working ok. Powered down and hooked Windows cables to new HD. Now new drive is primary/only drive. Installed Linux on new drive. If need to can unplug cables from new drive and hook to Windows drive and computer will be just like it left HP.
After working ok, may hook Windows HD up as second drive and Chainload to Win 7.

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Old 05-17-2010, 07:59 PM   #2
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I never heard of linux voiding warranty.

Grub and boot order are based firstly on bios boot order. If one selected a second disk as the primary bootable drive then the entire rest of the system and OS would believe that disk is the first boot order.


The second part of that is newer systems allow boot order to be manually selected by a F key on boot most of the time. So if one went to pendrivelinux.com and made a usb flash or usb external they'd then either select the boot device to be a hard drive selection (usb may show up there) or external usb boot.
 
  


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