Visit Jeremy's Blog.
Go Back > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Newbie
User Name
Linux - Newbie This Linux forum is for members that are new to Linux.
Just starting out and have a question? If it is not in the man pages or the how-to's this is the place!


  Search this Thread
Old 09-04-2005, 04:37 PM   #1
LQ Newbie
Registered: Nov 2004
Location: Greece
Posts: 7

Rep: Reputation: 0

Hi, i would like to ask how can somebody setup a dual-boot WinXP\SUSE_LINUX system in the following case:
There are 2 hard drives. The first is a 80GB hard drive\100% partitioned and formated using NTFS\running Windows XP. The second is just installed but hasnt been partitioned yet. It has much free space reserved for Linux.
Thanks in advance.
Old 09-04-2005, 05:07 PM   #2
LQ Veteran
Registered: Nov 2002
Location: Somewhere inside 9.9 million sq. km. Canada
Distribution: Slackware 14.1, 14.2, current, slackware-arm-currnet
Posts: 5,613

Rep: Reputation: 666Reputation: 666Reputation: 666Reputation: 666Reputation: 666Reputation: 666
How big is the second drive?

If it is at least 10 gig you should be fine. There are a lot of things to consider. There is limited support for NTFS in linux. You can read NTFS, but not write, without experimental software. I would not recommend trying that if this is your first experience with linux. If you want ( or may want ) to share files, consider making a fat32 partition of suitable size to share your files. Both systems support fat32.

At a minimum you should have a / (root) partition for the linux system, a swap partition, and a /home partition. Add the fat32 partition if you need to share files. Since you have not stated how big this second drive is, you will need to decide how large the partitions should be.

You will also need a boot loader. Linux comes with grub and lilo. Lilo is the easiest to set up. You will need to decide where to put it. It can go on the MBR or on the second disk.

Hope this gets the thought juices going.
Old 09-04-2005, 05:08 PM   #3
Registered: Aug 2005
Location: /home/teebones
Distribution: sometimes this, sometimes that..
Posts: 502

Rep: Reputation: 56

wich distribution would that be? Some are harder then other on this point.

Last edited by teebones; 09-04-2005 at 05:31 PM.
Old 09-05-2005, 05:32 AM   #4
Registered: Aug 2003
Location: Britain
Distribution: AntiX, Debian, Gentoo
Posts: 65

Rep: Reputation: 18
As you know there are lots of opinions about distro choice. I've found Mandriva's installer to be good at handling partitioning situations and setting up dual boot. Also try debian or ubuntu.
Old 09-05-2005, 08:06 AM   #5
LQ Newbie
Registered: Nov 2004
Location: Greece
Posts: 7

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: 0
Thanks a lot... May linux be installed on the 2nd disc (yeah it is bigger than 10G) and grub (because I preffer it to lilo) on the MBR of the first disc?
PS: That isnt my first experience with Linux, just another one :P
Old 09-05-2005, 08:13 AM   #6
Senior Member
Registered: Jan 2005
Distribution: Slackware, BackTrack, Windows XP
Posts: 1,020

Rep: Reputation: 45
hi there,
its absolutely possible to have yr linux distro on 2nd disk and grub on the MBR on the first disc.

Old 09-05-2005, 11:59 AM   #7
Senior Member
Registered: Apr 2005
Location: OZ
Distribution: Debian Sid
Posts: 4,734
Blog Entries: 12

Rep: Reputation: 463Reputation: 463Reputation: 463Reputation: 463Reputation: 463
Most distros will ask where to install Grub/Lilo, choose the MBR. Then when you boot up you will be given the choice of whether to boot XP or Linux.

You can also choose a default so it boots whichever you use the most.


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Newbie

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 09:26 PM.

Main Menu
Write for LQ is looking for people interested in writing Editorials, Articles, Reviews, and more. If you'd like to contribute content, let us know.
Main Menu
RSS1  Latest Threads
RSS1  LQ News
Twitter: @linuxquestions
Open Source Consulting | Domain Registration