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vrdhananjay 09-06-2004 11:26 AM

dual boot on 2 drives...sata and ide
hey ppl

lil' clarification reqd....

i have windows xp on my SATA drive...cant seem to load linux on it..

borrowed an ide drive on which i intend to load linux....

i need to know all about jumper settings...and basically what i need to do for having two op systems on two diff physical drives

much appreciated,


rjlee 09-06-2004 11:41 AM

As far as jumper settings go, consult your motherboard (or SATA/ATA card) manual. Or at least post the model numbers here.

Firstly, set up the IDE disk in the machine and check that you can still boot windows of the SATA. Then you should be able to just boot up on the Linux install disk and install it on the IDE disk. It will need to see the SATA drive in order to install the boot-loader, so you may need to make sure that the distro you're installing has SATA support. But apart from that it should work just as if you were installing any other dual-boot system.

Hope that helps,

— Robert J. Lee

vrdhananjay 09-06-2004 02:58 PM

thanks man,set up the ide still loads.
have the ide on slave config.
i d like to know if you can boot off a slave or not.
one other thing,the reason i ve an ide is that red hat 9 does not seem to support dont think grub will be able to see the SATA drive.
so is there a better option than changing the boot seq. or using a start up disk?
thanks again,

symen 09-07-2004 02:55 AM

Can you see your SATA drive when you're running linux from the IDE drive?
if yes,
just install GRUB (or LILO) in the SATA drive's MBR. in grub you add the option for your IDE (linux image) and one for your SATA and off you are

vrdhananjay 09-07-2004 09:18 AM

installed rh 9 on the ide...
ide cant see the sata..
am booting thru bios everytime...
since windows sees sata,i was thinking of using a bootloader via windows..whatsay?

rjlee 09-07-2004 03:31 PM

There is a DOS bootloader called loadlin.exe which can boot a Linux system from DOS. You can restart Windows into DOS using the “Restart Windows in Command Mode” option.

You can't boot directly from a running Windows system without messing up Windows (e.g. write caches may get wiped).

You also can't boot Linux from the Windows boot-menu because Microsoft, for some reason, haven't bothered to write the small amount of code that that would require.

symen 09-08-2004 02:19 AM

maybe try to set your bios to boot from the IDE drive,
install LILO in the IDE drive's MBR, add a line that gives you the choice to boot from the SATA(into windows)

which will probably look like:

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