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Old 01-12-2006, 06:23 AM   #1
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Question Which comes first, windows or linux


I have 4 hard drives, and would like to put windows xp on one of them, but do I install window xp on the hard drive I want first, then install linux on the other drives, or can I install Fedora 4 now and then install windows xp later?
 
Old 01-12-2006, 06:30 AM   #2
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The conventional method would be to install Windows XP FIRST then Linux SECOND.

The reason is when Windows XP is installed it writes over the master boot record on the first few sectors of the hard disk. So for example, if you were to install Linux first with GRUB/LILO as the bootloader and Windows XP second it would over write the master boot record and you would lose the ability to boot linux. On the other hand if you install Windows XP first and then Linux second then GRUB can be configured to boot your Windows XP OS and there won't be as much hassle. Hope this makes sense. Good luck!
 
Old 01-12-2006, 09:46 AM   #3
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The conventional method would be to install Windows XP FIRST then Linux SECOND.
Correct--but there are ways around this. Search here on LQ for MANY recent posts on this topic
 
Old 01-12-2006, 11:05 AM   #4
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Speaking primarily to the Peanut Gallery ...

Here's what you should practice: boot up a Linux live-CD and practice writing the master-boot-record using grub. Do this so that you're comfortable doing it.

You should also write down the partition-map on all the drives... put it in a safe place. A good safe-place is a manila envelope taped securely to the side of the box.

Any operating-system installer (and Windows is by no means the only one) may "helpfully" write the MBR to point to its own boot loader. Take the time now to really understand the boot-process, start-to-finish, so that you know how to recover the system. Naturally, it's ideal if you have a slightly-older "scratch system" that you can nook around with and not worry about hurting anything.
 
Old 01-12-2006, 01:00 PM   #5
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Correct--but there are ways around this. Search here on LQ for MANY recent posts on this topic
I wasn't saying that it was not a possibility to install linux first and not fixable, but it is most definitely easier to install Windows XP first then linux second in my opinion.
 
Old 01-12-2006, 01:24 PM   #6
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I wasn't saying that it was not a possibility to install linux first and not fixable, but it is most definitely easier to install Windows XP first then linux second in my opinion.
You are correct!!!
 
Old 01-12-2006, 04:27 PM   #7
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Don't think it really matters for a guy with 4 disks.

With just 2 disks you can get away from the MBR problem totally.

Have a look Section A of "how to install Linux and keep Windows untouched like a virgin."

I have Win2k & FreeDos in the 4th disk sdb1 & sdb2
XP in the 3rd disk sda1
Win98 and Dos 7.10 in 2rd disk hdc2 and hdc1
Dos 6.22 in the 1st disk hda1.

The Grub menu that boots them is here
 
  


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