Install Linux without touching MBR on Partition
Is it possible to install Linux on a partition on a disk containing windows
:-? in such a way as to not login through the GRUB/LILO OS selection screen.
To clarify, I have a system with Windows on it. If I install linux (want to try Gentoo) on a partition on the disk, is it possible to boot into Linux using a floppy disk only rather than the OS selection using GRUB/LILO. What I mean is set the BIOS to boot from floppy and if I put in a Linux floppy it should load Linux from my partition. If no boot device is found on floppy then it should automatically go into the windows default boot sequence without pausing or asking for a OS boot option (no boot: prompt ). Basically I dont want to touch the existing MBR so that if for anything I need to un-install Linux :-(, I dont have to worry about doing anything about the boot sector.
What I need help with is: 1. Is this possible .
2. If it is then if I need to remove Linux from the machine how easy would it be to just delete the partition, reformat it and make it available to Windows.
I do hope I have been able to explain what I need. I am still a relative newbie to Linux. The reason for the procedure I require is that I am not the only one using the PC and I want to use Linux without disrupting anyones ususal procedures in any way. Also it gives me a chance to learn something new about Linux.
By the way, similar to the process above, if I want to load Linux on a USB hard drive rather than a partition what would be the difference in the procedure? I feel this is also a good option as I would be able to carry a linux system wherever I go and just plug it into a windows system and boot it from a floppy drive without touching any other OS installed over there. I feel using a floppy drive would be a better option as many systems will not have an option to boot from a USB device.
Thanks in advance for reading this message. I hope it hasnt been too rambling and has made what help I need clear.
I would also appreciate it if you gurus could point me out to anything specific to Gentoo which I would need to take care of.
PS: The PC does not have a CD ROM Drive - Quo
The PC also does not have a CD ROM drive. Any help on how to load Linux from a network drive?
Install Gentoo without touching MBR
Yes you are right, I have free space on my HD and will be using PM to create a logical FAT32 Partition for installing Linux. Currently the HD is NTFS.
It will not be possible to plugin a CD ROM drive at present (PC is under warranty it seems and cannot get my hands on a USB CD Drive.. if there is such a thing). In case of Gentoo, if I download the Stage 1 tarball to hard drive then I should be able to use that similar to using an ISO image for boot, would you agree?
Or it should be possible to access the Gentoo CD across a network.
In case of installing on a USB drive, do you feel it is possible to use a floppy disk as the boot device and somehow point out that linux is to be loaded from the USB hard disk. Just a thought. Apologies if it is a really stupid question but I dont have much knowledge about computer hardware (or Linux for that matter).
Thank you for your very quick response.