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Old 06-16-2002, 04:55 PM   #1
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Dual boot - 2 disks to one disk

Hi all

I'm currently running a dual boot with Windo$e on hda and Linux on hdb. I'm upgrading my motherboard/cpu and I'll just be using hdb (as its an ATA100 drive) in the new setup.

So......I'm gonna install winblo$e on the first part of the drive and use the rest for Linux.

Not being a partition guru - there's a couple of problems.

1. DOS fdisk doesn't see Linux partitions, yet I need to install winblo$e on part of the Linux formatted disk.
I've got a copy of AEFDISK, but I'm not sure what commands are necessary just to get hdb 'formattable' (with FAT32) for the winblo$e part of the installation. Wouldn't 'delall' screw up both discs? BTW, I need to keep hda running until I know everything is OK!

2. If the partition table is on hda, would fdisk recognise hdb as just another drive if I just put it in and booted up?

I'm probably missing something obvious, but help would be appreciated


Old 06-16-2002, 05:30 PM   #2
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Partition table is on every hd.
In you situation you should resize your Linux partitions (using parted, for example) and create a FAT one.


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