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Old 01-16-2003, 10:23 AM   #1
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Dual boot with NTFS partitions


I am really new to linux. So if this is a common, or an "unlearned" question please forgive me.

I have two hard drives...

On my first drive.

1st Partition: NTFS - Windows NT 4.0 SP6
2nd Partition: NTFS - Program Files

Second Hard Drive

1st Partition NTFS - Windows NT 4.0 Backup copy
2nd Partition: NTFS - Data files
3rd Partition: FAT - 16MB Linux boot partition
5th Partition: ?Resizer? - Linux root
6th Partition: Swap - Linux swap

Now, I would like to boot to linux from the WinNT boot loader. So I did this:

1.) Boot to linux from floppy.
2.) Insert new floppy disk.
3.) Type the following on console.

mount /dev/fd0 /media/floppy
dd if=/dev/hdb3 of=/media/floppy/bootsek.lin bs=512 count=1

4.) Then boot back to NT, copy bootsek.lin to C:\
5.) Modify boot.ini so that it now looks like this:

[boot loader]
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINNT="Windows NT Workstation Version 4.00"
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINNT="Windows NT Workstation Version 4.00 [VGA mode]" /basevideo /sos
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(1)partition(1)\WINNTBAK="Windows NT Workstation Version 4.00 Backup"
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(1)partition(1)\WINNTBAK="Windows NT Workstation Version 4.00 Backup [VGA mode]" /basevideo /sos
C:\bootsek.lin="SuSE Linux 8.1"

When I choose "SuSE Linux 8.1" from the boot loader options I get this:

Disk Error
Press any key to restart.

What am I doing wrong? Do you know what I am missing?

Thank you!

Old 01-16-2003, 02:30 PM   #2
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Location: San Antonio, Texas
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It seems like everything I try to do this I guess wrong about where to grab the boot image from. I'll grab it from /boot and Mandrake puts it in /; I'll grab / and Red Hat put it in /boot the first time, but next time when I grabbed /boot from Red Hat, it pulled a Mandy on me! It is a conspiracy!

Anyway, try replacing hdb3 with hdb5 and repeat 1-4. This will replace the image you have and should do the trick (there's only two place they can hide what you need!).
Old 01-16-2003, 02:43 PM   #3
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Hi deadbug,

I was just coming back to say I solved my problem... but thanks for your reply! There may have been an easier way, but it now works like a charm which I guess is all that matters.

I ended up reinstalling GRUB (with the help of this Then I went back and did what I was doing in my first post. This got me to the point of where I could boot to the GRUB command line. I then used the install comand to load the config file, and it works great!

Thanks... now I've got to get back working on my VB program


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