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Old 12-07-2004, 08:05 PM   #1
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Smile Setting up Grub to boot my Windows XP as well as linux

I just recently installec FC3 and it works beutifully but i need some help in modifying my menu.lst file so that i can boot to my windows hard drive as well.
here is my hard drive setup:
120gig which is listed as hda
30gig, where fedora is installed, listed as hdb
80gig serial ata where windows xp is installed, listed as sda

fedora sees my windows hard drive, though it is not mounted, so i was just wondering what the procedure would need to be for me to get grub to give me the option to boot to windows as well.
Old 12-07-2004, 10:41 PM   #2
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You say that Linux can see it but it is not mounted?

I thought that FC3 mounted drives automatically. Plug in the drive and then turn on the machine. If you did not get it mounted that way or you just want to know how to.

You have 3 HD's in the machine 2PATA and 1SATA

You will want to do some reading first.

To mount the windows drive manually if it is fat32 for example and and you want it mounted as /windows
Make the directory first ( you will need to be root)
mkdir /windows

mount -t /dev/sda /windows vfat auto users.............ect.

Read the man pages for mount
man mount
mount --help

If you want it to mount automatically every time that you turn on the machine you will need to make an entry in your fstab file.
That is located at /etc/fstab. You will need to be root to edit it. Make an entry for the drive. Something like
/dev/sda /windows vfat auto users 0 0

To be able to boot to it you will need to make an entry in grub.conf located at /etc/grub.conf

Be careful, if you mess up grub then you will not be able to boot the machine to fix it. If you do mess up grub you will need a live CD like knoppix to boot from so that you can change the file back.
Or if your BIOS supports booting from the SATA drive you can boot from it. Windows can not see ext2, ext3, reiser......Linux.
So you will have to get linux up too edit the file.

I agree with you, Fedora works great.
Good luck, maybe someone else can add some more to help you.
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Which drive is set to the first boot device in bios?
Old 12-08-2004, 02:10 AM   #4
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the way i want it set up eventually is to have the 30 gig pata drive to boot first, which will boot grub, from there i can choose to go to xp, also, teckk, i just finished getting my winxp drive mounted in fc3, aparently redhat leaves out the ntfs support in their distro, so i had to add it in, and i have it set up to mount at boot, so now i just need to edit grub so that i can boot to xp from there, also, you said i need to edit the grub.conf file, do i need to edit that or the menu.lst file?


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