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Old 03-23-2005, 11:00 AM   #1
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Creating a Boot Disk

I'm going to install a copy of MEPIS to one of my hard drives. I'm currently running XP on the other. I want to be able to chose which hard drive to boot from every time I turn on the PC. Currently, if I make MEPIS the Master drive then it boots into MEPIS, and if I put XP on the Master drive then it boots into XP. Can I create a boot disk on a floppy that would let me choose which drive to boot from?
Old 03-23-2005, 11:42 AM   #2
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For dual booting, you should install a boot loader like GRUB or LILO. Normally, if you install a Linux distro after installing Windows, it detects the Windows partition and puts it automatically in a boot menu, along with your Linux distro. In my case, I'm having both Linux and Windows in my boot menu. I'm not sure how this works with MEPIS.

Old 03-23-2005, 12:55 PM   #3
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Thanks for the advice. I've been playing with the installer a bit more. I can choose to put my boot loader on either of my two drives. I've put it on my secondary drive (which has MEPIS on it) but my computer can't access it because it boots from the primary drive before the secondary. I tried to switch them around but then the boot loader didn't work.

If I were to place the boot loader on the primary drive, would it create a partition of it's own, or would it wipe out important data? I daren't place it there at the moment because I'm afraid it will format the whole drive!
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if you have 2 drives you have 2 mbrs.

if dual bootloader is already in mbr No 2 just go into bios and change boot order to drive 2
if you have a award bios you will find its the second menu with luck


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