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Old 01-25-2006, 04:23 PM   #1
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Dual Boot


Hi, I'm trying to configure a dual boot system. Ideally I would like someone to do this for me, but I just found out that Monarch won't. So, it looks like I will probably have them configure linux and leave me with a blank drive on which I can install windows. Does this seem like a good plan being that I am a newb to linux? Do you forsee any problems I might have? Thanks in advance for any advice you can give me!
 
Old 01-25-2006, 04:28 PM   #2
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Installing windows after Linux will not let you boot into Linux because Windows will overwrite the bootloader. On the other note, why don't you install it on your own. Almost every newbie installs Linux on their own and everybody manages to install it successfully sooner or later. Besides that there are hundreds of threads here on how to install, not to mention good folks who like to help.

Give it a shot yourself...you'll learn more.

Tux,
 
Old 01-25-2006, 04:29 PM   #3
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I see one problem if you're not comfortable with working with boot records. Installing windows second will overwrite your boot record. You'll have to boot with your linux CD (or rescue disk), reinstall your boot loader (lilo, grub) and add windows to it.
 
Old 01-25-2006, 06:30 PM   #4
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Ok, you convinced me, I'll do it myself.

I'm going to have xp on drive 1, linux on drive 2 (shipped blank), and I'd like to have a SATA RAID-1 on drives 3 + 4. If I format the RAID volume as FAT32 will linux be able to share this drive with xp? Someone told me MS just patented FAT32 and that it will soon be unavailable to linux. Is there any truth to this?
 
Old 01-25-2006, 06:38 PM   #5
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Originally Posted by edbrooks
Ok, you convinced me, I'll do it myself.

I'm going to have xp on drive 1, linux on drive 2 (shipped blank), and I'd like to have a SATA RAID-1 on drives 3 + 4. If I format the RAID volume as FAT32 will linux be able to share this drive with xp? Someone told me MS just patented FAT32 and that it will soon be unavailable to linux. Is there any truth to this?

FAT32 is the best way (IMO) to share between Windows and Linux.

MS cannot do anything about how an individual uses FAT32---They don't even have a way of knowing it. Who knows how they will use their patent---we can guess it will not be a happy story.

You might also want to consider a linux partition on the RAID volume---put your $HOME directory there so it will have the redundancy protection.
 
Old 01-25-2006, 07:49 PM   #6
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FAT32 is the best way (IMO) to share between Windows and Linux.

MS cannot do anything about how an individual uses FAT32---They don't even have a way of knowing it. Who knows how they will use their patent---we can guess it will not be a happy story.

You might also want to consider a linux partition on the RAID volume---put your $HOME directory there so it will have the redundancy protection.
I guess I should just put xp on the raid too. I don't really know what I was thinking. That's the best way to go isn't it? Are there any advantages to having the os's on their own disks over having everything on one big raid volume? Does windowsn run better in NTFS?
 
Old 01-25-2006, 07:51 PM   #7
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Is there anyone here who has actually done this (i.e., dual boot machine with one RAID-1 SATA FAT32 volume with the os's on their own partitions) and can verify that it works?
 
Old 01-25-2006, 07:55 PM   #8
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why wouldn't it?
 
Old 01-25-2006, 08:06 PM   #9
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I broke up my Raid after discovering not all Linux can use it.

Depending on the Linux you chose some may be OK. Technically there isn't a problem. The trouble is some Linux see the Raid as two separate disks and that may upset the setup.

My recommendation is keep the Raid separated from the Linux until have homed in the distro you want.

Since you have more than one disk the Section A of the link

To install Linux and keep Windows untouched like a virgin

in my signature may be suitable for you as it enable you to keep both the Windows and Linux boot loaders. You can therefore go back to Windows boot loader at any time, although it only takes a DOS floppy to restore a XP MBR.

Many Linux users, including myself, prefer to have the personal data kept in a data-only Fat32 partition.
 
Old 01-25-2006, 08:22 PM   #10
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There you have it, bosewicht. Thanks saikee. I just read your post about the 103 boot system. Nice work. Great resource.

"Why wouldn't it?"
 
Old 01-25-2006, 08:26 PM   #11
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i have set it up multiple times, so i am unsure what kind of probs others may come across, personally I have never come across anything too serious.
 
Old 01-25-2006, 09:06 PM   #12
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i have set it up multiple times, so i am unsure what kind of probs others may come across, personally I have never come across anything too serious.
With what distros has this worked for you? What were the non-serious issues?
 
  


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