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Originally Posted by NinjaRider linux doesn't work with c: and d: you can hower install it on a 2nd partion, which is the only way when using 1HD by the ...
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- 11-09-2004 #11
Originally Posted by NinjaRider
this also comes in handy for installing windows to the second drive making it think it is on the primary, if you want to run XP/98/DOS you really need that trick.Nothing is worse than ten penguins fighting over which is better, vi or emacs.
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- 11-09-2004 #12
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Re: Newbie: How to installOriginally Posted by Mic Q
If you have a boot loader on the first drive, and the 2nd harddrive crashes, your boot loader will still work. (If the OS on the 2nd harddrive is broken, then you can attempt to boot from it from the loader and it will fail, but you can load the other OS)
1) Just format the partition or drive, and do whatever you want with it. If the partition was mounted as /home you don't need to delete it, since you can save all your data (preferences etc.) for when you install linux again.
2) It depends what you mean by D. Here's how linux labels harddrives
/dev/hda = primary master
/dev/hdb = primary slave
/dev/hdc = secondary master (usually CD-rom)
/dev/hdd = secondary slave
So if you want to install to your 2nd harddrive, (primary slave), install using /dev/hdb
They will have numbers after the letter, they are an id for the partion. Here's an example, my /etc/fstab (file that mounts files on boot)Code:
/dev/hdb5 swap swap defaults 0 0 /dev/hdb1 / reiserfs defaults 1 1 /dev/hdc1 /mnt/winStorage vfat user,auto,umask=022 0 0 /dev/hda5 /mnt/winXP ntfs ro 1 0 /dev/cdrom /mnt/cdrom iso9660 noauto,user,ro 0 0 /dev/fd0 /mnt/floppy auto noauto,owner 0 0 devpts /dev/pts devpts gid=5,mode=620 0 0 proc /proc proc defaults 0 0
4) yes, just partition your harddrive, each distro will need at least 1 partion to mount as root. You should be able to share the swap and home partitions between the *nix distros, if you want.
My example above, I have linux and windows on a dual boot. linux root is on my primary slave /dev/hdb1 winXP is on my primary master /dev/hda5 and a windows fat harddrive is on my secondary master /dev/hdc1
To get a list of your partion table, type "$ fdisk -l" in linux, (fdisk in linux works differently than the windows version.)
Here's what it outputs on my computer:Code:
[root@localhost: ~]$ fdisk -l Disk /dev/hdc: 40.0 GB, 40020664320 bytes 255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 4865 cylinders Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System /dev/hdc1 1 4865 39078081 c W95 FAT32 (LBA) Disk /dev/hda: 163.9 GB, 163928604672 bytes 255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 19929 cylinders Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System /dev/hda1 * 1 4863 39062016 7 HPFS/NTFS /dev/hda2 4864 19929 121017645 f W95 Ext'd (LBA) /dev/hda5 4864 19929 121017613+ 7 HPFS/NTFS Disk /dev/hdb: 40.0 GB, 40020664320 bytes 255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 4865 cylinders Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System /dev/hdb1 * 1 4801 38564001 83 Linux /dev/hdb2 4802 4865 514080 5 Extended /dev/hdb5 4802 4865 514048+ 82 Linux swap