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Hi all; My current system is msi kt7 turbo2 (ms-6330) v5 motherboard geforce4 mx440 64m DDR RAM 80g HDD with winxppro Want to intsall linux on another 80g HDD and have dual boot. Whats the best way to do it...? Preferrable with little risk to winxppro......

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    Default best way to to add new linux hdd to winzp pro system

    Hi all;

    My current system is

    msi kt7 turbo2 (ms-6330) v5 motherboard
    geforce4 mx440 64m DDR RAM
    80g HDD with winxppro

    Want to intsall linux on another 80g HDD and have dual boot.

    Whats the best way to do it...? Preferrable with little risk to
    winxppro...
    David. Guest

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    It was a dark and stormy night, and David. E. Goble managed to scribble:
     

    Just a standard install with lilo as the boot loader. Mandrake makes it very easy. Many home installations do this (including me).

    gtoomey
    Gregory Guest

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    "David. E. Goble" <computing> wrote in message
    news:com... 

    If your BIOS supports boot menus, then use that to choose between the
    drives.

    You need to remove the the WinXP drive, this way Linux will not fudge it,
    leaving the target drive for Linux as is.

    It is then a simple case of doing the install as per normal.


    Wayne Guest

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    David. E. Goble wrote: 

    1. Install the new HD in the system, remember which IDE bus it's on (primary
    or secondary) and if it's master or slave. Don't let Windows partition or
    format the drive.

    2. Install a current major Linux distribution (Red Hat, SuSE, Mandrake), use
    your new HD for the Linux partitions and let the installer configure your
    system for dual-boot.

    --
    Markku Kolkka
    fi
    Markku Guest

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    Thanks all for replying.

    One more question.

    Would I be able to

    remove the winxp drive
    install new drive and install linux
    install winxp drive as slave
    setup lilo for dual boot and have everything working?

    Would this be a good idea. I dont want the winxp drives' MBR affected.
    David. Guest

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    David. E. Goble wrote:
     

    .... best way is to choose a distro that meets your requirements
    and install it ... it'll aid you in the partitioning/setup process
    ..
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    \\\ and author: "Inside Linux", "C++ HowTo", "C++ Unleashed" ///
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    mjt Guest

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    David. E. Goble wrote: 

    I think you're being overly cautious. There is nothing special about the
    MBR and lilo can easily handle having multiple OSes. If you are that
    worried about changing the MBR, there are many utilities that can take a
    snapshot of it and restore it to it's previous state. I think that is much
    easier than mucking around with swapping drives.
    Nick Guest

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    David. E. Goble wrote: 

    Maybe you _could_ (if you're a LILO guru), but why all that trouble?

    --
    Markku Kolkka
    fi
    Markku Guest

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    In article <com>, David E Goble wrote:
     

    why don't you want the MBR affected? because you may want to be able to
    pull out the linux hdd and boot with just the winxp hdd? if so, you can do
    this with lilo transparently anyway. you just have to set the win image as
    the default boot image, comment out any "prompt" statement in
    /etc/lilo.conf, set the "timeout" to, say, '15' (so you don't have undue
    delay in booting, but still allow yourself time to hit the <tab> key and
    get a "Boot:" prompt when you put a linux hdd back in. then, you can
    happily pull out the linux disk and the win system should boot happily
    with hardly any noticeable difference (the only difference will be lilo
    writing "LILO: booting winxp", or whatever, before it boots).

    probably the only way you'll be able to make it work otherwise is by
    having the win hdd as the second hdd (hdb), the linux one as the first
    hdd, and get lilo to write the bootstrap onto the mbr of the linux drive.
    whether the win system will succesfully boot up with this configuration,
    though, i couldn't tell you. quite likely not. you may be able to get
    round it if your bios allows you to choose which hard drive to boot from,
    but i haven't had any luck with this (not that i've really gone to much
    trouble to try and get it to work).

    basically, you're almost certainly going to need to have linux write to
    the mbr of the first hard drive. if that needs to be the win hdd, then
    you'll either have to use that mbr or boot linux from a boot floppy,
    probably.

    will

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    will Guest

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    THanks all;

    Will just give it ago and install linux to the slave drive. Thanks for
    the reassurances.
    David. Guest

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    David. E. Goble wrote:
     

    Yup. Install grub, not lilo, if you can. It's a lot more flexible and
    powerful tool.

    Also, be prepared for the drive numbering to be slightly confusing if
    you accidentally install the WinXP drive as master. If feasible, I'd
    actually put the WinXP drive as master on the other IDE controller, just
    so you don't have to switch jumpers if you ever put it on another machine.

    Nico Guest

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    In article <swaggie.net>, will kemp wrote:
     

    oops! that should have said "50", not "15"! the timeout value is in 10ths
    of a second.

    will

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    will Guest

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