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I've just spent the last two weeks figuring out how to install multiple OS's on one machine, and I'm pretty confident I'm doing the right thing, but I'm having one ...
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- 04-12-2005 #1
Partitions appear to shift when installing BootMagic
I'm running XP on an NTFS partition, with a 10GB FAT32 partition beside it to install BootMagic and to share data between XP and Linux. On an extended partition next to this I have SuSE and Xandros installed (on separate logical partitions!), and I've also got some space left over for a couple more Linux distros (I want to try a few and see which one I prefer) but that's probably not important here.
All seems to work fine until I actually install BootMagic (I stopped the Linux bootloaders from installing over the windows one so I need a 3rd party bootloader to see them all). It complains that there isn't enough space at the start of hda and then goes and makes this space. After this I am able to boot into all 3 OS's, but I'm not able to see the FAT32 partition from XP (even though I could before hand). This means I am not able to alter the BootMagic installation to recognise any other distros I install, and I'm not able to share files between Linux and XP. Is this cos it's moving the partitions upwards by a MB or so, and this confuses windows as the partition table is wrong??
Can anyone help me fix this error? Perhaps what I need to do is reinstall Linux and use it's bootloader instead of BootMagic?? (I'm pretty sure I know how to edit GRUB/LILO to see all my OS's)
This newbie would really appreciate any help that can be given to get me out of microsoft land!!
- 04-13-2005 #2
I forgot about BootMagic and took my own advice, reinstalling Xandros and letting it's bootloader take command. I now have a nice triple-boot system to play with!!
I doubt very much that there's anything "wrong" with Bootmagic, so it was clearly something I was doing wrong. Has anyone else come across this before, and, if so, what was the reason??