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Old 09-15-2001, 08:08 PM   #1
newlinuxman
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boot partitions


Could somebody please tell me whether I can boot Red HAt 7.1 from a hard drive.. BUT if it is installed on the primary slave?????
Does Red Hat have to be installed in the primary master??

My primary master has windows on it.

Right now I physically unplug the power to my primary master with windows on it. I then use a floppy and boot into Red HAt 7.1 from the floppy.

Is there an easier way??

Thank you in advance

MAtt
 
Old 09-16-2001, 07:11 AM   #2
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You cannot boot an operating system from a slave disk. However, there are a number of possibilities:

1/ Use loadlin. This is a DOS based program to load a linux kernel from a booted DOS (and possibly also Windows) machine.

2/ Configure the second harddisk as secondary master and use lilo (or another boot manager) on the MBR of your first harddisk.

3/ Create a small /boot partition at the beginning of your first HDD (30M is sufficient). For this solution you would also need lilo.
 
Old 09-16-2001, 09:20 AM   #3
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i'm pretty sure you can use lilo fine, just set the boot=/dev/hda line in the lilo.conf file
 
Old 09-16-2001, 10:10 AM   #4
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I don't understand how it would be possible to set boot=/dev/hda when that disk is powered down.

Therefore when I start the computer the BIOS only sees my primary slave.

I appreciate everyone's input.

Will continue to experiment.

Thank you.
 
Old 09-16-2001, 11:21 AM   #5
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Thank you all for your input. I finally managed to do it. I took a little different approach. I found a site called www.littlewhitedog.com

I stuck the linux.bin file in my windows root and added c:\linux.bin to my boot.ini in windows
 
  


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