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Old 10-01-2003, 09:04 AM   #1
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Dual booting windows 2000 and RH 9

I am trying to dual boot Windows 2000 and RedHat 9. I have an 81 gig HD that already has Win2000 on it, and have partitioned the drive into 5 separate partitions. The first partition contains the Win2000 OS (5 gig), the 2-4 (65 gig total) partitions are for data storage and other OSs as I need to work with them (I test OSs for my job). They are empty and unformatted at this time. The 5th (and last) partition (10 gig) is for Linux. I don't want to install LILO in the MBR, but rather want to be able to use the Windows boot.ini file to choose the OS. The instructions that I have seen on the internet have suggested that I copy the linux.bin file to floppy and copy to the boot.ini file. Trouble is, I can't find the linux.bin file. Is there such a beast? If I have to boot Linux from floppy I will, but as I understand, that is not necessary. Does anyone know how to best add the Linux OS as per my requirements using the Windows boot.ini file? Or is it possible to do it in this arrangement in the first place? Are there changes to be made when I add another OS in the other partitions?
Old 10-01-2003, 11:14 AM   #2
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Delete your 10 gig Linux partition. The Red Hat installation can make it's own. You will need at least 2 partitions: One for the root directory (/) and one for swap. The swap partition should be 1-2x the size of your ram. I'm not sure exactly what the Red Hat install does, but some installers automatically install their bootloaders to the MBR without asking. I don't know if the Red Hat installer does this, but you should find a way to stop it from installing it's bootloader. After you install, you boot with a bootdisk, and make a configuration file for your bootloader. There are 2 you can choose from, LILO and GRUB. After making the configuration file, you install the bootloader to a file instead of the MBR. For example, this file might be called "linux.bin". You then transfer this file to your C:\ drive in Windows. Linux can't write to NTFS without damaging it, so that's why you might need the floppy to transfer (if C:\ is FAT32, then you can copy to it directly from Linux). Then you edit your boot.ini file in Windows to include this line: "C:\linux.bin = "Red Hat Linux 9" . That way, you will dual boot with the Win2k bootloader.


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