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Old 04-20-2008, 11:50 PM   #16
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windows Vs Unix

Keep one hard drive on each or explore the shell prompts.

Old 04-21-2008, 03:55 PM   #17
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If you clone with Linux, using the dd command, the new HD should boot with no extra work, since dd copies EVERYTHING, not just files. MBR; FAT tables if relevant. I know because last year I did it. Got a 100MB HD for my laptop; dd everything to an external HD, noted how many blocks, modified dd command with blocks= at the end to copy back same blocks to the new HD, and when done, I hit the power switch and it came up exactly as it was before, with both XP and Linux available.

I used Puppy live CD for the dd commands. it is very small, but very powerful.
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These posts seem real useful. I have been trying to figure out how to get a Linux kernel to boot, and a member in the forum told me that I need to install a bootloader. That means either lilo or grub.

The system has SATA and PATA harddrives, and I found an old IDE harddrive that the BIOS can not find. Can I use the same commands that worked in these posts to install the bootloader? The Linux kernel is a vanilla 2.4.36 kernel built with GCC 4 from the kernel sources.
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to boot a select the bios boot needs to find a bootable partition....if you have a mix of ide and sata drives (ide=pata) then you decide which drive to boot up should be the sata which has the fastest tranfer rate.....and you should consider putting linux on the fastest drive errr sata.

2) a bootloader needs to find the balance of the booting files...I have explained this for grub in my signature but you are welcome to try lilo or windows ntldr or vista thingee.

3) if you can mention what distro you have members can give better advice.



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