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Old 03-08-2007, 11:04 PM   #1
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Talking Dual boot redhat 8.0..yes..I'm a nooB

Hello all,
I'm a what ever comes out of my keyboard, please take it with a light heart.
Well I have had red hat for a few months now....just have not had a chance to really play with it yet.
he's my problem.......
I have one drive running server 2003 and another drive setup up with RH linux. I would like to set these drives as dual boot in one machine.
in other words ...redhat is running on one machine and server 2003 running on another machine and I would like to disguard one machine and combine both drives as dual boot in ONE machine.
I have setup RH linux as dual boot on one machine before, But it was one drive that had dual boot with 9X and red hat. this time however.... both installs (windows and RH) are seperate it possiable to dual boot these with out any re-formating?
And in addition, the last time I setup a dual boot with RD was with a 9X mahine.
a little bird told me that you can NOT dual boot redhat linux with a NTFS file system?
Is this true? I didn't see anything in my manual that said you can't do it?
Any help....And well.....It would help me out alot...and I would really like you. ;-)
Thank you!!!
(P.S my name, means....I would love to have a wrx) "for the ones who wondered"
Have to love all wheel drive!

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Old 03-08-2007, 11:09 PM   #2
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A dual boot should be possible, but I advise you to drop Red Hat 8. It may not seem old, but 5 years is a long time in the Linux world. It's considered profoundly obsolete. The modern replacement is Fedora Core 6:
Old 03-08-2007, 11:19 PM   #3
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Thanks sumguy.....
Yeah it is pretty old....but just want to run both hard disks in one old test machine if I can pull it off. Just to see how it runs and to also...of course...learn more things about far I really like it. Not limited like in Windows.
So to setup the dual boot...basic? The old machine is...well...old!
But will run Both OS's.
So.....connect both drives and set the jumpers (if need be) and I should be good? What about the MBR?
Thanks once again sumguy!
I'll check out that link too while I'm at it

Last edited by Noobywantsasuby; 03-08-2007 at 11:28 PM.
Old 03-09-2007, 05:14 PM   #4
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It's a common misconception that you need an old distro to run Linux on old hardware; there's plenty of distributions like Damn Small Linux and Puppy Linux specifically for that. But anyway.
I don't think I can help you just because if I remember correctly, Red Hat 8 uses Lilo while most distributions nowadays use GRUB (Which is all I have experience with.*) If that's incorrect, just let me know.

*Edit: Now that I think of it, that's another good reason to upgrade. It's easier to get support for a more current distribution.

Last edited by sumguy231; 03-09-2007 at 07:59 PM.
Old 03-09-2007, 07:08 PM   #5
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Well, your going to need to partition the HDD. With a partitioning software. RH needs a FAT or ext3 file.

The server needs to be resize(smaller) first, though.

plan on the sizes. (primary,logical)

plan on everything and reherse before doing it.

BTW, if by any chance your getting a new HDD. don't get SATA interfaced HDD.

backup important data. HaHa

Once that is done then install RH. It has a nice installation with grub or lilo.
Old 03-09-2007, 07:44 PM   #6
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If one of your goals is to learn how to use Linux then as already suggested it would very much to your advantage to use a modern, supported distro. FC6 is the modern replacement to the discontinued Redhat Linux (hence my sig block)

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