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Old 08-13-2005, 08:23 AM   #1
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How to have two Distros installed on one hard disk


I recently went across a document to install two linux on one computer but with two hard disks

I am confused that if it is possible to install linux on two hard disks but the same computer it should also be possible to install it on the same hard disk.

I tried this

I installed WIN XP on D drive
I installed WIN 2003 on E drive

So boot loader for XP and 2003 is on first partition hda1

Now I installed fedora on hda7 as /boot hda8 as /root and hda9 as swap.

I still have 15 GB on which I installed EL WS 4 without the boot loader as suggested in the the article to partition hda11 and hda12 and tried with two options

one with hda9 as SWAP
two with hda12 as SWAP and hda13 as /root

under both the situations

I copied three files kernel vmlinuz.* initrd.* and Sysimage.* to the /boot partition.

Edited grub.conf on my Fedora to have a entry for EL WS kernel and intrd and location for the root with the appropriate boot drive selected in my case is hd(0,10) as hda11 is my /boot for EL WS

Now EL WS boots up and is unable to mount root files and the kernel goes to panic where I get the dancing keyboard lights
What is that I am doing wrong?

Any solution to this will be great


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Old 08-13-2005, 09:42 AM   #2
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Please do not post the same thread in more than one forum. Picking the most relevant forum and posting it once there makes it easier for other members to help you and keeps the discussion all in one place.

Reply to their other thread here:
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Closed per above -- J.W.

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