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    Toshiba RecoveryCD able to dual boot 2 versions XP

    Hi, I have a Toshiba Satellite A45-S120
    1.26 Ghz Celeron
    1.256 GB Ram
    40 GB HD

    I am trying to use a Toshiba Recovery CD to dual boot 2 versions of Windows XP on the same hard drive. I partitioned my hard drive with GParted, but when I go to do the 2nd install, it says the entire hard drive will be erased.

    I read in another forum that it may be possible to make the 1st partition invisible or non-bootable; (

    Is this possible? I can choose the flag in GParted to "hidden," but I am worried, because if GParted can see the partition, then perhaps the Toshiba Recovery CD can too.

    Also, I have several other partitions running Linux, and for some reason GParted won't allow me to select the flag hidden - which wouldn't be the end of the world as I recently installed those linux partitions, but most importantly, I don't want to loose my primary XP partition.

    My Toshiba Recovery CD also has Office and Works on it, so I want to at least use this to dual boot 2 versions of Windows XP on the same hard drive.

    What would be the best way to change the master boot record or hide the other partitions and use the recovery CD?

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    Linux Guru
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Tucson AZ
    You can use Grub from one of the Linux partitions to do that or you can just create a separate Grub partition with all the Grub files in it.

    The site below explains it in detail. It is for Grub Legacy so if you have Grub2, modifying the boot files is different. Take a look at section 6.C:

    GRUB bootloader - Full tutorial

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