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Old 12-05-2001, 03:53 AM   #1
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Installing two distros

I have Mandrake on a 40G drive with 20 some Gig that is presently unallocated space.
If I've understood correctly Linux has no 1024 sector limitation for the boot partition.

Is it possible to put other distros in that unallocated space and simply add them to the boot manager? If so would Partition Magic be the tool of choice to set up the partitions, or would something else be better? I want to install RedHat 7.0 next.
Is there anything I'm missing here?

Linux is on hda and Windoze is on the seconday master
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you should be fine to add certain distro's to the end. not rh70, that DOES have the 1024 issue, only aware that md80 md81 rh72 ss73 have no issue with that, probably the newest slack too.

i'd use mandrakes diskdrake to set anything up, not partition magic.
Old 12-05-2001, 10:43 AM   #3
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Thanks Chris,

Then to install rh7.0, could I safely move Mandy out of the way with Diskdrake .... say, create a 5 G ext2 partition at the end, then move it to the front of the drive for rh?
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diskdrake will only create and delete partitions, but won't move them with data on them.. so once you created that partition, its there unless you delete it and create a newer one..

the easiest way i know of in creating a dual boot with two linux distros is start with a clean hard drive...
then install your first distro, creating the partitions with whatever tools it comes with during the install.. like diskdruid or diskdrake.. create the partitions and leave space for the next distro.
boot to test.. then start next install, creating the partitions for it on the empty left over space..
oh.. and after your first reboot, you can take down your lilo.conf and the second install you can overwrite lilo with it.. then easily going back to edit it after installation for the first distro installed..
Old 12-05-2001, 08:04 PM   #5
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Thank you too trickykid.

Do you think it would be safe to use Partition Magic (v5) to make and move the partition?
It hasn't screwed up anything yet - the key word being "yet" <g> I guess the worst that could happen is that I'd have to reinstall Mandrake, or is it?
Old 12-05-2001, 09:18 PM   #6
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Might it be possible for two or more distros to share the same boot partition?

I guess getting it all on there might be a bit tricky.

Let's say you install #1 and backup /boot

then install #2 and use the same /boot different / and leave #1 partitions intact.

then put the files for #1 back into /boot and setup grub or lilo.

I don't know what this has to do with the 1024 thing but this made me think of it.

Anyway for the final answer

Install grub and put whatever you want, wherever you want.

Unless your bios does not support LBA

It does don't it?

If not get nuni you can put it on and boot anything without the bios. It will access any harddrive anywhere, directly regardless of what the bios might think.

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Old 12-06-2001, 02:52 AM   #7
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PM handles ext2 ok but will report ext3 and reiserfs as an error.


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