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Old 07-25-2005, 08:01 AM   #1
TwoWheels
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Question Dual boot partitioning questions


Hello
I am a total beginner when it comes to Linux. However, I'm looking forward to ditching Microsoft and as such have purchased a Fedora 4 distribution (with Linux 2.6 Kernel). Before I plunge into installing it I do have some questions that I hope can be easily answered:

Firstly, I have an old Pentium 3, 800MHz PC running Windows 98. I have two physical hard drives, the second one being used to create the back-up of C-drive onto. This second drive is partitioned equally into drives D and E.

So the questions are as follows:-
I wish to set up a dual boot system (using GRUG) with the existing windows98. My intention is to leave C-drive as is, but to then use the second physical drive D as the one on which to install Linux and the rest of the Fedora 4 distribution.
1. Is this possible ??(meaning , is windows98 a restriction to accomplishing this)
2. If I use Disk Druid to create the Linux partitions on the second drive D, will it leave the existing Windows FAT32 partition on the primary drive and on drive E alone ??
3. Is there risk if I complete the Disk Druid partitioning mentioned in question 2 above, that either or both of the windows partitions will be corrupted, or will Disk Druid only partition the one drive with the partitions I instruct it to do ?? (Barring accidents that I am aware do happen)

Your help and patience in answering these for me will be greatly appreciated

Thanks..........TwoWheels
 
Old 07-25-2005, 08:09 AM   #2
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1. Yes, it's possible.

2. Yeah, IIRC, Disk Druid is a graphical thing that lets you see all your partitions and lets you decide which one you want formatted for Linux.

3. Not sure how risky it is, but I've never had problems. Back up all your data just in case!

Also, Linux won't refer to your partitions as D and E like Windows does. They will (most likely) be referred to as /dev/hdb1 and /dev/hdb2, respectively. Edit: your "C" drive will be /dev/hda1.

Last edited by Nylex; 07-25-2005 at 08:20 AM.
 
Old 07-25-2005, 08:43 AM   #3
joshua03
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do this

in grub.conf you have to add this part
type exactly this:

title windows
map (hd0) (hd1)
map (hd1) (hd0)
rootnoverify (hd1 , 0)
chainloader +1

thas it..watch out with the hds put your owns...it worked for me


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