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Old 05-24-2004, 09:04 PM   #1
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Question Dangers of a duel boot?

Are there any dangers of experimenting with a duel boot system? Is it possible when I partition my hard drive and throw mandrake on the ext2 while leavin my NTFS parition as the primary partition, that I could run into problems? such as mounting errors.....not being able to get back to xp?

Honestly I am experiementing with linux currently...I am really a (dare I say it) windows user...have been for quite a while and I am a custom to it. I've got alot of stuff on here...and shy of money to get another HDD to do some serious backing up at the moment.

So my question it possible to loose windows in the process of installing mandrake on the same HDD....diff partition? I guess I'm worried becuase I've been reading other posts which say the community edition is giving people problems with LILO, GRUB and the M.B.R



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Old 05-24-2004, 09:34 PM   #2
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You cannot loose window if you don't make a HUGE mistake. Beginning with mandrake is a good choice, 'cause it's near window (even from problem's point of view). You can go for it safely. Just remember to install lilo (linux loader, the multibooter) on mbr (master boot record) to avoid noob'z troubles.
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um. I haven't had a problem myself but things can go wrong. I would definitely backup personal files onto CDs or whereever - just somewhere other than your harddrive.

the mandrake installer does a good job. Once the dual boot is working, I don't think there's much to worry about. Mandrake won't be able to write to ntfs and windows won't even be able to read the linux partition.
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I did run into problems when i tried to install 10CE, but i don't think it was a ntfs problem. Also I did the install on a separate hd. From what i gathered the problem i run into is caused by my nforce2 board (nf7-s) and/or SATA. To give you a quick overview, when i tried the install using 2 SATA drives, the install would freeze at random points. When installing on a ATA hd (while still having one SATA drive with XP) everything looked ok(install and setup) until i tried to boot into xp, at which point i would get a blank screen even tho lilo seemed to be configured right. As a note ATA with the SATA adaptor did not work either, which is why i am assuming the issue is related to SATA.

In all honesty i did not try all the sugested methods of fixing this. I am almost done dl the official iso's and will post as soon as i get a chance to try it.

Even after all this i did not loose anything from windows, but i did have to fixmbr.

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Old 05-25-2004, 04:28 PM   #5
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I had 2 dual boot systems until one day I rebooted into windows to play a game that I hadn't played in about a month. When I tried to boot back Into Mandrake 10. My linux partitions were gone. I tried every trick in the book to save my beloved MDK linux but to no avail. All my partitions were renumber by windows. Even the rescue feature failed I tried even a Gento disk recommended by someone on this forum. Nothing worked. I lost everything to play a stupid windows game. Since I was going to have to wipe the drive and start over I deleted the crappy WinXP and Installed Linux ONLY. I will never but never run Windows and Linux on the same hard drive, heck not even the same system ever again. Windows is way way to buggy to be used reliably.
Old 05-25-2004, 05:17 PM   #6
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Re: Dangers of a duel boot?

Originally posted by Quiber
Are there any dangers of experimenting with a duel boot system?
Usually, in a duel, it is more dangerous for the participant who turns too slowly.

(sorry, couldn't help myself)

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Old 05-25-2004, 07:10 PM   #7
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Me I think a did something wrong when installed Linux and Winows on the same HD.
During Mandrake Setup, I resized my NTFS partition on which windoes was on. I had defragmented my HD the night before. I though Mandrake was able to do that without causing any damages. I think I lost my windows OS. I can still choose windows in Lilo at boot, but at half of windows loading, it says Windows has been damaged.

It's my experience......

And I also have a question: Can I recover my Windows partition ? If I try to reinstall Windows, will it destroy my Linux ?


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