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Old 08-31-2003, 04:47 PM   #1
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dual boot with windows 2000

I have mandrake 9.1 and I want to dual boot it with windows 2000. I have a 30GB hardrive. What process and how much space should I allocate for each os
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Search LQ and you will discover a wealth of information on this subject.

Space allocation is all dependant on what you want. Which one are you going to use for games/music/internet?

In short: Partition HD, Install W2K, Install Mandrake, Configure Bootloader.

Hopefully this is more than enough to get you started on setting up your dual boot.
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Take a look at this.

The easiest way to do what you want is to first install Windoze and then Linux.

You have to create a fat32 (recommended) partition and install Windoze on it. Then run the Linux installation CD and let the installation program to partition your HD automatically (just be sure to keep the fat32 partition) and install the bootloader on the MBR.

Hope it helps.
Old 08-31-2003, 08:47 PM   #4
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Install Windows 2000 first making sure you leave some unpartitioned free space at the end of your drive for Mandrake.

Install Mandrake 9.1 second - choose the option to keep the existing partitions and install in the free space - Mandrake should install automatically. - Install LILO to the MBR.
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All very well and good, but what if you installed Mandrake first.

I managed to break my hd the first time i installed mandrake by (very VERY stupidly) hard resetting my box when the mandrake installer tried to format my drive. After i used knoppix and k3b to back up all the stuff i needed, i formatted the entire drive, installed mandrake in a 10gb partition at the top of the drive, and went on to install windows on the other 30gb of my drive.

Now the mandrake partition has seemingly dissapeared. Anything i do with windows won't make it come back. Do you guys know of any way that i can fix this without formatting my hard drive?
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There should be some kind of rescue mode you can use with Mandrake CDs, all you have to do is reinstall grub/lilo back into the mbr, or if you've installed into the partition bootsector you can simply set the partition to active/bootable using fdisk.


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