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Old 03-05-2005, 02:56 PM   #1
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Dual Booting SuSE 9.2 & XP Pro/dual hard drives


I have found numerous information on installing SuSE and XP on the same hard drive but can't see to find any info on dual booting where XP Pro is on C: (it's own hard disk) and SuSE on D: (again, it's own hard disk) I have disvovered that my slave drive is no longer suitable for data but is still ok - SMART data shows it's not good but it works fine so far. I backed up all data on it and now I would like to put my copy of SuSE 9.2 Pro on it so I can learn Linux. I have SuSE for the time I can dedicate it to it's own computer (soon) but I would like to know how to dual boot it with XP residing on C: drive. both drives are 60 gig. I would go ahead and attempt this as I hear YaST is pretty good with partitions but this is my main system and can't afford to lose any data on C: I would love to learn Linux and perhaps soon use it as my main system and away from Windows but for now I need both ... any help would be great thanks! oh, remember newbie walking ... lol

Old 03-05-2005, 04:53 PM   #2
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When I tried to connect an 80 GB Maxtor as Slave the ABIT BIOS would not recognize it. (See post above.)

Our "Internet" computer has a DOS partition, a minimal SuSE 9.1 partition, the linux swap partition, and a full SuSE 9.1 partition happily coexisting on a Maxtor 20 GB; but, they were installed in that order. I would not trust precious data to resizing,

If you want to try the SuSE, I would suggest you remove the Windows drive, and hide it in the bottom of your sock drawer. See if the other 60 GB drive will work as Master, and accept the SuSE.

Good luck.
Old 03-08-2005, 08:00 PM   #3
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Hi, I'm in in the same situation, tried it with SuSE, sort of defaulting my way through the install, putting Grub on the C: drive, and wound up not being able to boot to Windows. Restored the MBR, restored the second drive to the orginal state, tried it again with Mepis, this time putting Grub on the second drive and pointing the Windows boot loader at it. Now Windows boots fine, but Mepis won't.

In other words, I'm not much help, and haven't found much either. Here's a link to the most coherent reference I've found so far regarding the second approach:

Good luck!
Old 01-04-2006, 06:44 PM   #4
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UPDATE: dual booting Windows XP Pro and SUSE 10.0 works very well with two drives ... used GRUB as the bootloader and viola!


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