Mandriva 2007 and XP dual boot help
I've been having some issues with dual boot for Linux and Windows. I'm having great difficulty making Windows and Linux work under dual boot. I had Windows XP installed for a while on one hard drive (SATA) and then I installed Linux on another hard drive I have (IDE). The boot loader Lilo was installed and when I would get to the dual boot screen and I selected Windows, I would get a "NTDLR is missing" error. I would go into the Recovery Console and fix the boot.ini with the "bootcfg" command and it would fail to add Windows to the boot list. Anyway, I unplugged the Linux HD and formated the Windows one and reinstalled Windows. Everything works fine now, the computer boots directly into Windows. But, my question is, if i plug the Linux hard drive back can I install a bootloader without installing Linux again so both OS's would work? And how? Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
There's a way to make both bootable
Assume that your SATA Windows is your master disk and IDE Linux your slave disk, so the MBR (Master Boot Record) is on your SATA disk. Since you've reinsatall the Windows, the previous LILO resided on the MBR has been wiped out. You need to reinstall the LILO or GRUP whichever you prefer. It's very simple and won't take much time (assume you've plug in both hard drives). Simply put the Linux install CD or DVD in the CD or DVD drive, reboot the machine and select "Upgrade the Linux" (note that do not select to install a fresh new one), and go through the every steps as instructed till the step that let you install the boot loader, and then finish the rest of them. And you're done.
And the best way to install a dual system
And the best way to install a dual system is that first install Windows or any other OS's, then install Linux.