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Old 08-11-2003, 09:47 AM   #1
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Swapping Hardrives - Changing GRUB

I managed to install Suse onto my primary master which also includes Win98. This works fine with Grub as the bootloader on a Floppy.

This HD is usually the Secondary Master but I had to move it to allow my CD drive to go into my laptop. I usually have a HD with XP as my Primary Master.

I want to move the Suse and Win98 HD back to being the Secondary Master and my laptop would have no CD but would have a floppy to run Grub.

When I move the Suse HD to be the Secondary Master, the word GRUB appears and then it does nothing as I guess the config is pointing to the HDD that used to be the Primary Master.

How can I configure Grub with Suse up and running as Primary Master and then power down, move the HDDs around and then get Grub to boot to Suse from the floppy? Sorry if a little complicated, I want to keep the MBRs on the HDs straight Windows.

My laptop bios allows me to select the boot media at startup - Primary, Secondary or Floppy.


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Old 08-18-2003, 01:28 PM   #2
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You just have to keep track of which grup drive name to use depending on where you put SuSE:

Primary Master - hd0
Primary Slave - hd1
Secondary Master - hd2
Secondary Slave - hd3

So if your boot record for SuSE is in the first partition on your secondary master, you want to boot from (hd2,0). So put "root (hd2,0)" in your grub.conf on your floppy.


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