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Old 08-29-2003, 08:47 PM   #1
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GRUB, LILO, or boot magic?

.Ok, I just got Red Hat linux installed onto my experimenting PC, and I must say I like it. Anyway, I like it so much that I think it deserves to be on my main OS on my main PC.

I want to keep Windoze XP Pro on my system, because I want to play my games still, so I will have to set up a dual boot enviroment, of course.

Well, I want a boot loader that is easy to remove if I want to get rid of it, so of course I want somthing that doesn't install in the boot sector.

I'm thinking about getting Partition Magic 8 and Boot Magic, and I know that boot magic will just make a new FAT partition and then use that to boot and stuff. So I can remove it like... that .

My question is, is GRUB or LILO easy to remove, or is there a way to load it without messing with the boot sector. I would really like to save that $$ for something else.

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Old 08-29-2003, 08:57 PM   #2
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Why do you need one that's "easy to remove"?

If you decide to remove linux, any of those bootloaders will still continue to work fine...

Saying that though, all of them can also be removed quite easily in their own ways - Boot Magic is probably easiest to remove in the way that the GUI is easier to use...

Of course, if you really want to get rid of them, you can just overwrite with the windows default bootloader whenever you like anyway
Old 08-29-2003, 09:13 PM   #3
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LILO and GRUB are both powerful and reasonably user friendly - there are plently of options when it comes to either removing either of them or using a Linux cd to re-install Windows bootloader or even using a Windows cd - I wouldnt worry too much - as ever, if your concerned about your Windows data just back it up before you start and/or when your dual booting.
Old 08-30-2003, 10:09 AM   #4
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ok thanks, I can just back up all my crap to my iPod, then if my drive gets wiped i'll be safe.

I'm not really worried about data, but I thought that there was a risk you could completely kill your hard drive somehow.


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