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Azul Rondo 04-07-2010 11:11 PM

Windows 7 On To a Fedora 11 machine
I have the HTPC system listed in my signature happily running Fedora 11. I have an external hard drive connected to a SATA port that is identical to the on-board drive.

Could I install Windows 7 on the external and somehow configure a dual boot machine by editing grub.conf.

Would it be simpler doing the tried and true, install windows and then reinstall Fedora.

This may be simpler/harder than I think.


syg00 04-07-2010 11:38 PM

Used to be Windoze would only install onto interal disks - don't know about win7.
If were me, I'd disconnect the current drives, plug the erstwhile external in internally and do the install. Put everything back, and chainload it (external). Whether it would complain I have no idea.

Azul Rondo 04-08-2010 01:21 AM

Windows 7 On To a Fedora 11 machine
Thanks syg00.
I thought about that as well, and by "chain load" do you mean edit grub.conf to give the two boot options? Both drives are on equal SATA connection. If I just switched which one was the primary in the boot order, any guesses whether windoze would screw with the other.


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syg00 04-08-2010 06:43 AM

Windows will want to be the first drive - I just let it have it's way then work around it.
Chainloading is a means of tranferring control to another loader. Lots of examples here and on the net - have to use it for Windoze. You should be able to chainload to the external.

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