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Old 08-28-2005, 10:37 AM   #1
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Partitioning and booting

i have two harddrives (A and B).
on A i have suse and the swap partition, it is also the master drive (system boots here). on B i have free space and i need to put win2k there. in the end i want it to boot to A and give me the option of booting suse or win (by grub).
i decided to install win, then fix the boot sector using suse boot disk. but windows refuses to be installed on B because it wants some space on A also (and it is too stupid to use suse filesystem). so i come to suse and try to create a small fat32 partition on A (make the suse partition a bit smaller first and free some space). but all i get is an error - i need to unmount the partition i want to alter. at the moment i can't figure out how i could unmount the partition suse is using and still be able to do the partitioning via yast. :/

i really need some expert advice.
Old 08-28-2005, 11:57 AM   #2
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Maybe another trick could help:

Remove the SUSE harddisk and attach the windows drive to the master controller. Install Windows, it should not complain anymore. Now switch back to your current configuration with the SUSE drive as master. Add the following entry to /boot/grub/menu.lst:
title windows
   root (hd1,0)
   chainloader +1
   map (hd0) (hd1)

   map (hd1) (hd0)
In case you are not able to boot windows, change the line root (hd1,0) to rootnoverify (hd1,0). See for details.

However, I heard reports that Windows really needs this space on the master drive. In this case, you can do the resizing manipulations from a LiveCD like Knoppix or the SUSE LiveCD, maybe even if you boot from the SUSE installation CD and run another installation (which you can cancel after the re-partitioning).


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