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First hard disk, first partition: Windows XP Pro
First hard disk, second partition: Linux (RH9)
Second hard disk, only partition: Windows 2000
Using GRUB, I have no problems booting Linux and Windows XP. However, I found the Microsoft will not boot Windows unless it's on "disk 0" the first hard disk. A little more research and I found that a work-around is to get into Linux and interact with grub to remap the disks. But that's not really a fix, it's just a work-around, like I already mentioned.
So, is there a way I can reliably boot any of the three operating systems at any time without executing a series of commands, like the "map" commands in grub?
Do you have something against the map command? The reason why they put it in is OS's like Windows don't like to behave in certain situations. Using the map commands in grub you CAN reliably boot any number of OS's from any place on any disk.
I guess I just don't see how it makes any bit of difference how you map the locations of the drives so long as it works.
you should be able to add those to grub under the entry for win2000
another solution (definitely not the best one) is to get linux on the second hard disk and put windows on the first
*edit: you can use something like norton ghost to do it, or just bzip your linux partition (specifically /home), install windows over your current linux partition and then create some new ext3 partitions on the second disk in which you can install linux and extract /home
you may also be able to play with the bios, but that would also still require having to issue some some command each time you wanted to boot a different disk
Last edited by TheOneAndOnlySM; 03-09-2004 at 05:55 PM.
There was a time I had Win2K, Win98, QNX, BeOS and Linux all happily coexisting across 2 hard disks. I think the QNX bootloader gave me the choice of QNX, BeOS, Linux and Windows and then the Windows menu let me choose the flavour of that.