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Old 09-18-2003, 09:07 PM   #1
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Two distros on same hard drive


Is it possible to dual boot two Linux distros? If so, what is the procedure. I've tried it but the new distro always wants to wipe out the existing Linux installation.

 
Old 09-18-2003, 09:28 PM   #2
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You have to set up two partitions on the hard drive and install each distribution to its own partition.
 
Old 09-19-2003, 11:30 AM   #3
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Make sure you have enough space to have both of them existing seperate from eachother. You can re-use the SWAP partition easy enough, and if you really want you can re-use the /home partition (if you have it seperately) - I would advise you don't use the same /home partition though. Once you have installed the 1st distro, install the 2nd one in some spare space (space that you purposfully didn't use when installing the 1st distro).

You should install a bootload from either one of them and then copy the important files (kernel/initrd, for example) from the other one.

There have been quite a few thread - some in quite a lot of depth - on the matter of triple+ booting computers. Have a quick search around - I know for a fact that I, at least, wrote a fairly terse-but-covers-the-main-points 'guide' quite a while ago, and the details haven't changed since then.

Good luck - having 2+ distros on a system is a good way to learn the differences, but more importantly, the similarities between them.
 
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Can I do this without reinstalling my first distro?

I gave the whole hard disk to my first distro (hda2). Can I make these changes without reinstalling everything?
 
Old 09-20-2003, 04:36 PM   #5
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" Can I make these changes without reinstalling everything?"

You can change the size of Windows partitions. But the way that Linux sets up its file systems I doubt that you can resize a Linux partition without reformatting it.

So you will have to wipe out your hard disk partition, repartition into two partitions (three counting a shared swap partition) and install both distributions.
 
  


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