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Old 09-30-2003, 07:33 AM   #1
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Installing linux and win


I got two empty hds and i want to install winxp on one and linx in the other. So far i think i can handle it...

But how to choose which hd to boot from?
 
Old 09-30-2003, 08:10 AM   #2
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BOOT LOADER

u will need a boot loader...

Boot loader is basically a prompt that asks you which OS u want to boot...{Linux --as far as i know (someone correct me if i'm wrong)-- can't be booted without one...unless a bootable disk etc is used }


WinXP comes with the NTLOADER and linux...when installed will ask u if u wish to install a boot loader...such as GRUB or LILO

This boot loader is to be installed in the master boot record of the main drive and the boot options will be made available on boot....

There are other options...like using the NTLOADER....but i'll leave it here for now...

let me know if this helps
 
Old 09-30-2003, 08:25 AM   #3
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I installed Red Hat in a very similar setup and I got it working on the first attempt. Simply install XP on the first hard disk then install Linux on the second. When it offers options for the boot loader select whichever you want (I used GRUB) and choose to install it to the MBR (master boot record) of the drive XP is on. It should have already detected Windows (which will come up as DOS) by this point and ask which you would like to boot as default.
 
Old 09-30-2003, 08:32 AM   #4
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Ditto for Mandrake 9 and Win XP. XP is on primary master and MDK9 is primary slave (2x40GB Seagate Barracudda HDD).

AFAIK, Win likes to be on the primary master, and Linux doesn't give a hoot. Just make sure you install LILO or GRUB on the MBR of Win XP drive.
 
Old 09-30-2003, 08:39 AM   #5
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Is it a must to install the bootdriver on the win hd???? And if it must cani if i choose to not use linux uninstall the bootdriver???
 
Old 09-30-2003, 08:44 AM   #6
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The bootloader should be on the first bootable HDD (i.e. Win HDD). If you decide not to use Linux in the future, boot with a dos disk and type fdisk /mbr and LILO or GRUB will be gone. All you have to do from there is fdisk and format the second HDD for use with Win.
 
  


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