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Old 12-11-2008, 11:40 PM   #1
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Installing Mandriva on a separate HDD


Hi,

I have Vista installed on my main HDD, with several other connected HDDs. I wish to install Mandriva on one of them. Ideally I want it such that if I disconnect the Mandriva HDD I'd still be able to boot up from the Vista HDD, and vice versa. I'm not sure where I should then install the boot loader, and whether there will be any potential problems as the boot HDD changes from /dev/sda to /dev/hda or something else.

Any advice?
 
Old 12-12-2008, 02:06 AM   #2
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yes I am not sure if you intend to remove the vista which means if either one is going to be removed...you need a bootloader on each drive and each bootloader have a chainloader to the other one.

see my signature for either way.

2) if you mean only the mandriva will be removed...you can cheat with the bios...and install grub to the second drive...the one with mandriva on it...and chainload backwards to vista...but grub then sees mdv as hd0 and vista drive as hd1....and as long as you know that ...no worries.

when you remove the drive...the bios boot order can not find the first drive...mdv and jumps to the next bootable partition which is vista.

3) if your bios is funny and you can not specify a drive...or (2) fails then you need 2 bootloaders and mod both to chainload each other.

let us know if you have any issues going into your bios or do not understand what to do next
 
Old 12-12-2008, 02:39 AM   #3
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Sorry if I wasn't clear. Here's what I want

HDD1(connected to SATA0 port) - Vista installed
HDD2-n - Mandriva installed(I haven't picked which drive to install it to, but it could be either SATA or IDE)

In most normal cases, all HDDs would be connected. However, I want to be able to remove HDD1 and still have Mandriva be able to boot up. I also want to be able to remove the HDD that Mandriva is installed, and still have Vista be able to boot up.

I'm not sure if this is even possible since it seems like the boot loader has to reside in either the Vista or Mandriva HDD?

Additionally, it would be great if the Mandriva HDD could be easily connected to another PC and just work out of the box. I think this shouldn't be a problem as I've been able to do this with another Mandriva 2008.1 installation among various PCs, as long as it's set to /dev/sda.
 
Old 12-12-2008, 09:16 AM   #4
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It depends is possible to change you're boot order off the HD
If so disconnect the vista drive and make the Mandriva drive the boot able drive and install mandriva and write GRUB
on its own drive
Afterwards connect the Vista drive again and choice in the BIOS with drive should boot
 
  


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