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Setarkos 12-26-2010 08:15 AM

Triple-Boot: Win7/Fedora 14/Mint Debian 201012
Hi there
I am currently running Fedora 12 and Win7. I have backed up all my files from Fedora 12 and want to overwrite it. I want to install Fedora 14 and Mint Debian 201012 and keep Win7 the way it is. I know how to do this without Mint but I have no experience with grub2. So in what order should I install the two linux distributions and what do I have to take care of?

andrewthomas 12-26-2010 09:58 AM

Install Mint last. You want grub2 to control the MBR, because the os-prober will pick up windows and fedora. Just make sure that you don't have dell datasafe or some other program running in Win7 that protects the MBR.

Setarkos 12-26-2010 10:05 AM

So I install Fedora first: do I install its grub too?
Then I install Mint and its grub2 will find Win7 and Fedora and will overwrite Fedora's grub?
The last time I did it this way (about a year ago) I always ended up with only Win7 and either Fedora OR Mint, whichever I installed last...
So unless something has changed with grub2....
What happened to all that chainloader-stuff?

andrewthomas 12-26-2010 10:13 AM

I would say about six months ago, os-prober was fixed to where it will reliably pick up Fedora.

You could install Fedora's after Mint, but just make sure that you install Fedora's grub to its / or /boot (if you decide put boot on a separate partition- not necessary in my book.)

Setarkos 12-26-2010 10:26 AM

Sorry that I am so slow on the uptake of this - it's been a while.
So far I figure the best way to do it is: 1. install Fedora (do I install grub along with it or not?), 2. install Mint, it will find both Win7 and Fedora and I'm good to go with all three OSs in one boot menu?

andrewthomas 12-26-2010 03:21 PM

1 Install Fedora's grub to its partition NOT the MBR

2 Install Mint.

Yes, you should then have a single grub menu with all 3.

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