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Old 12-29-2005, 05:37 AM   #1
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dual boot from 2 HDDs


dears,

i have fc4 on my present HDD and am planning to add a second HDD and put winxp on that (as other machines in my network use win, i need it sometimes). can you please tell me how to proceed? it's putting winxp after linux, so i am in dark about configuring the boot loader !

thank you and regards
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Old 12-29-2005, 05:53 AM   #2
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Witch boot loader do you have lilo or grub?
 
Old 12-29-2005, 07:12 AM   #3
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by the way, which is better, GRub or LILO?
And if I planned to remove lInux from my HD, how can I make it to its normal (no boot loader again, just get into windows)?!
Thanks
 
Old 12-29-2005, 07:47 AM   #4
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Quote:
Originally Posted by alsharifhoussam
by the way, which is better, GRub or LILO?
And if I planned to remove lInux from my HD, how can I make it to its normal (no boot loader again, just get into windows)?!
Thanks
Lilo would be the safe choice.

If you are having Linux on one drive (secondary) and windows on another(primary), all you need to do is remove the drive containing Linux, then format your MBR and you will be right back with windows.
Using the fdisk command on your MBR will erase your Lilo bootloader.

Code:
fdisk /mbr
I recommend that you install Windows first on your primary drive, then Linux.
 
Old 12-29-2005, 12:04 PM   #5
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when I format linux, then how could I remove the Lilo?
 
Old 12-29-2005, 12:44 PM   #6
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Hi man,

antiloaded already told what to do, IŽll add a little more info:

I. If you use LILO/GRUB/(other Linux based boot loader):
For Windows 9x
Quote:
1. Boot from Installation CD with CD support
2. fdisk /mbr (as antiloaded told you)
For Windows 2K/XP
Quote:
1. Boot from Install CD
2. Use Recover console
3. fixmbr (this is the equivalent in Recover console)
II. You can use NT Loader to dual/triple-boot. (if you install first Linux and copy with dd MasterBootRecord in file to use later with NT Loader for boot the Linux device/partition)
Just edit boot.ini file in your boot windows partiton.

Good luck
 
  


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