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Old 10-01-2005, 03:48 PM   #1
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dual boot w/ 2 HDD


Hello, I have 2 computers. 1 runs windows XP. 1 runs Mandriva LE2005. I mostly use the linux box, and pretty much only use my windows box to play counter strike source and for backup, and some school related things. I am giving away my Linux computer to a relative, except for the HDD. I would like to make my windows computer now have dual boot options with the two hard drives, preferebly without messing with my Windows install and hard drive as much as possible (I have some important stuff on there and it would really suck if i lost it). I have never done any kind of dual boot before. I have searched for for some sort of guide or tutorial, and the best I could come up with was this:

http://enterprise.linux.com/article....tid=129&tid=49

However thats with Fedora Core 3 and GRUB. Is there a guide for Mandriva (or LILO) that I could use? Or can anyone who has experience with this give me some instructions/cautions/words of wisdom? I imagine the fact that the Linux computer was drastically different than the Windows computer in hardware could cause additional problems, but that's something to worry about when I can actually choose to boot to Linux safely. Thanks a lot.

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Old 10-01-2005, 07:03 PM   #2
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I have searched the Internet many times for how-tos on dual booting
and there are not many
here are the best I've found

http://www.littlewhitedog.com/content-52.html

http://lineman.net/article90.html

the first one above is the best one, you can click on the pics to enlarge them

However you have an issue in that you are installing a HDD that already has an OS on it, so I dont know if a typical LILO rescue is going to work.

you may have to re-install Mandriva completely but save any work in /home to CD or something. If you reinstall it will be relatively easy just use custom partitioning in the install and reinstall Mandriva over itself on hdb.

read the how-tos very carefully before you do anything

BTW how big are the HDDs

floppy

edit I might point out that during the later phase of the install, you should select
Install bootloader in master boot sector or whatever it is

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Old 10-01-2005, 07:37 PM   #3
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heres another partitioning guide

http://doc.mandrivalinux.com/Mandriv...diskdrake-main

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