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Old 05-27-2004, 11:21 AM   #1
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How to install several systems on one hard drive?

I want to install Win XP & linux Suse 9.1 & linux mandrake 10.0 on one hard drive. Please answer or give me a link to answers to the following questions:

1) How should I split the disk? How many partitions and of what type? What program shoul I use ( there is a program in WinXP installer and in linux installer - which is better) ?

2) In what order should I install this systems?

3) During linux install where should I install loader, because when I tried to install second linux it deleted the loader of the thirst one and I could not load this first one.

Thank you
Old 05-27-2004, 11:27 AM   #2
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Install M$ first just to avoid headaches later. M$ will always try to overwrite the MBR. Use NTFS filesystem for windows. I would say if you have 80 g.b. or larger then I would divide by the # of o/s's you are wanting to load.

When you choose the bootloader use only one grub/lilo install. When asked on the other installs choose "not to install" the bootloader and just add it later when you have them all installed.

Install the linux loader on the MBR. Simply because if you don't with XP then XP will load and your linux systems will not.
Old 05-27-2004, 02:11 PM   #3
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as for partitioning, you need a minimum of 4. assuming you only have one hard drive, hda, it might look something like this:

/dev/hda1 -- windows
/dev/hda2 -- swap
/dev/hda3 -- / (mandy)
/dev/hda4 -- / (suse)

for linux, you always need a swap partition, which should be around the same size as your RAM. i'm pretty sure you can use the same one for both mandy and suse though. there are many different partition setups for linux too, but keeping everything on one is the simplest. you may want to create separate ones for /home, /usr, /opt or whatever your preference is.


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