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Old 08-15-2003, 03:38 AM   #1
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Multi boot XP and RH9?


I have installed RH9 to hdb0 (8Gb drive)and updated etc. I have XP Pro on hda4 (40Gb drive). Now I have RH9 up and working the way want it, I want to move it (intact) to 40Gb drive and have Grub dual boot both operating systems. I have read other postings that suggest reinstalling is the easiest way, but I have put in too much time getting both OS's to work for me to start again.
 
Old 08-15-2003, 04:05 AM   #2
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ehmmm, there is a software called Drive Copy by Power Quest, you can install that under Windows and then copy the Linux hardrive into the Windows hardrive.

Are you throwing away your 8 gig hardrive?, or what?

You will also need Partition Magic to split the harddrive where WinXP is in.

Have fun!
 
Old 08-15-2003, 04:10 AM   #3
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I realise I wasn't clear. Have Partition Magic. No probs with actual partitioning or moving partition. The issue is how to get grub to boot once I move everything and also how to get it to recognise XP. I won't know what to do if I get the blank screen at boot up - either in XP or linux!

GC
 
Old 08-15-2003, 03:31 PM   #4
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well, you already have Linux installed on your computer, which means that you already have Grub install in the MBR, and that is all you need.

When you make the new partition in the 40 gig hardrive, you need to pay attention, and write down the partition is it.
/dev/hdaX which number of partition.
After you do this, you just need to change that path in Grub, from having
/dev/hdbX to your new partition /dev/hdaX

and then you should be set to boot up your Linux partition. However, I also suggest to make a boot disk, okay?
Alrighty then.

zLinuxz
 
Old 08-15-2003, 03:40 PM   #5
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Will your XP partition have the same drive letter it originally did when it was on the other hard drive? If not, you may experience some problems that only a reinstall can fix.
 
Old 08-15-2003, 03:47 PM   #6
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naw, WinXP has to stay in the same place it was before, it's gotta be the first partition in the hardrive, or it's going to b*tch about it.

I think his problem is that he fears that once he moves the Linux hardrive into the 40 gig one, Grub will freak out and he wont be able to boot Linux....which he is correct if he doesn't change the path for the new partition of Linux.
 
Old 08-15-2003, 03:50 PM   #7
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XP doesn't have to be in the first partition. I've had it run from a drive it called H: before, and it worked perfectly. He probably will (and should) put it in the first partition though.

I understood what he is thinking his problem will be, but I just wanted to let him know about what could happen if the system partition changes drive letters due to moving it.
 
Old 08-15-2003, 04:02 PM   #8
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you are correct is saying that WinXP doesn't have to be in the first partition, it could be on another one, but it is also true that you are more suseptible in running into a pontential problem in Windows.
Because Windows is design to be the first and only OS in your hardrive...because that is the ideal way Gates would want it for all the computers in the world.
And it is also true, that there are ways around it....but it doesn't affect in any way or form that Windows is left as the first OS in the hardrive.

It isn't easy to just change the Windows partition, anyway.
And the way he has it setup is Windows First, then Linux.
 
Old 08-15-2003, 04:07 PM   #9
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Thats correct, but he could still move them to partitions not necessarily in the same order
 
Old 08-15-2003, 04:09 PM   #10
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hehehe, most definately!,

zLinuxz

ps. How's the weather up in SLC?, it's hot down here in San Diego
 
Old 08-15-2003, 04:17 PM   #11
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Definitely hot here. Last month was the hottest July we've had on record. Avg. temp that month was 86, that includes at night as well. Most nights it actually stayed over 80. I can't wait to get back up the Pacific Northwest, summer here gets too hot for me.
 
Old 08-22-2003, 01:49 AM   #12
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Many thanks to both for your thoughts. You are correct in identifying my concerns. Unfortunately, work has kept me too busy to try this yet. Its sounding like it might be easier to put Linux in free space at the end of the drive rather than meddling with the location of XP (on H: ) and Win98 (on C: ). I think I can now understand enough to alter Grub config.

Cheers

Graham
 
Old 08-23-2003, 02:12 AM   #13
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you go bro!, and if you got any other questions, just ask them!,
 
  


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