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Old 06-27-2006, 07:32 PM   #1
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Question Remove Dual Boot Safely


I currently have a Dual Boot with XP/FC3 on a 20Gb hd with GRUB as the bootloader. I'm running out of room for FC3 as I'm beginning to get "hooked" to it (Gave it only 4Gb, and it has KDE and Gnome installed, so not much room left) so I got another 20gb HD, and I'm planning a fresh FC5 install on that.

I would like to know how to safely remove FC3 from my current configuration that is without killing XP or GRUB. And also how to configure GRUB for FC5's install on the other HD.

When this is done (hopefully) I'm repartitioning XP to take up all the space on the first HD by using GParted from a Ubuntu (5.1) Live CD that I have, I hope this is a wise move.

Appreciate any help on this matter.



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What you'll want to do is install FC5 onto the second drive, put the new grub into the MBR of the first drive when it asks (hd0). If XP isn't bootable, it'll just take a little tweaking of the /boot/grub/menu.lst file. Then after that's done (i.e. everything boots the way you want, you've transfered all the files you want from FC3 over, etc), you can just delete the old FC3 partition.

As for resizing the XP partition, it's worked fine for me in the past. If you plan to share files between linux and XP (like mp3's for example), you might consider just reformatting the FC3 space to FAT32 as a shared drive. That way both XP and linux can access it.
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That sound about right to me...but if the files on the fc3 are saved somewhere or you do not need them it would probably be easier to remove it and gor back to the windows MBR (using the windows xp recovery and doing a "FIXBOOT" and "FIXMBR")

Then resize your xp part using this new GParted CD from here
(supports NTFS)

Then when all is done install FC on the new disk and it should setup GRUB correctly withou any hassle.

Just a suggestion thou.


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