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So much a newbie, Linux isn't even installed yet but I'm determined... I will need to have a dual boot system but want to have WinXP boot off the HDD ...
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- 07-02-2006 #1
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- Jul 2006
Dual Boot WinXP & Linux using two HDD
So much a newbie, Linux isn't even installed yet but I'm determined...
I will need to have a dual boot system but want to have WinXP boot off the HDD that it's currently on and Linux (flavour yet to to be determined) set up on dual boot running from a separate HDD. My system is a desktop with AMD Athlon 2800 (or similar model number), 512 RAM. HDD (Win) is 80GB, additional HDD to be 100GB. They will not be SATA or any other similar acronym (if it's important).
Is this possible? Is this easy to set up or do I need to have someone get into the 0s and 1s of the computer to make it work?
Pointers, directions, sources to find information would be much appreciated.
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- 07-05-2006 #2
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- Jul 2006
I think the term dual boot is only used when two operating systems are on the same hard drive so are using the same MBR.
If you install an OS on one hard drive and another operating system on another hard drive you are probably best changing with boot order in BIOS. Many BIOS have a button you can press upon POST which allow you to choose which bit of hardware you want to boot from. Id use that.
There may be a way of setting it up so it looks like a normal dual boot but as you have the chance not to complicate your MBR I would personally take it!
This is a personal opinion/preference. I only use grub because I have to!
- 07-05-2006 #3Originally Posted by zeus123
To the original poster: Yes, it's possible and actually much safer an option if you don't want to run the risk of hosing your XP harddrive. If I were going to set this up I would unplug the XP drive, install Linux on the other drive, and set the PC to boot that drive first. Then I would plug the XP drive back in and edit the bootloader on the Linux drive to give it the option to boot to XP.
If you're careful, you can leave the XP drive plugged in and tell the Linux installer just to use the other drive and leave that one alone. The advantage of this approach is that most major Linux distributions will set up the bootloader to let you access Windows automatically.
The BIOS boot option mentioned by zeus123 is certainly a viable option as well. As mentioned, it's mostly personal preference.
Last edited by techieMoe; 07-05-2006 at 03:45 PM.Registered Linux user #270181
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- 07-05-2006 #4
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- Apr 2006
- Saint Paul, MN, USA / CentOS, Debian, Solaris, SuSE
I don't know if the term multi-boot if used only for same-disk configurations but I wanted different terms, so in another forum in March 2006 I wrote:
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