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Old 10-28-2012, 06:50 PM   #1
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SOLVED: Partitioning for multiple Linux and *BSD on the same drive

My harddrive is dying so I'm replacing it with a 128 GB SSD and a 500 GB HDD. The SSD is where the operating systems will live. I'd like to boot a few different distros:

One that "just works" for getting work done,

Arch and/or Slackware for learning,

and a *BSD, also for learning on. Maybe FreeBSD.

Whenever I install a 2nd linux distro, I lose the ability to boot from the first one anymore, so what's a simple way to set up for booting multiple distros?

Do I install Lilo or Grub to the MBR or to a dedicated /boot partition, or to /boot inside the distro?

Where does the boot information go for the second and third distros so the bootloader can find it?

Can someone give me a sample of what the bootloader instructions would look like to boot multiple distros?

I've been trying to find these answers for days, but have only gotten more confused. I am not a natural at this kind of stuff. This simple mind needs simple instructions. (RTFM is usually way over my dumb head.)

Your help is much appreciated!

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Old 10-29-2012, 06:54 AM   #2
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On my system (a single 500 GB HDD with 4 Linux distros and Win7), I install each OS's bootloader to that OS's partition. I (manually) maintain a single boot partition that uses grub to chainload each OS's bootloader.
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From what I know, linux uses different partitions on the hard disk.
I think BSD use 1 partition on the hard drive and build his own partitions within this single partition.
Maybe this website can help :
Old 10-29-2012, 09:33 AM   #4
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If I remember right, BSD will only install to a primary partition. Some one else might a know work around to install BSD to an extended partition.

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Old 10-29-2012, 11:45 AM   #5
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Thanks, y'all; this is very helpful. I'll cross my fingers and mark this as Solved.


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