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  1. #1
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    Aug 2005

    dual boot with 2 drives

    I have XP/ Ubuntu on an 80 gig sata drive in dual boot. I have tried in the past to add another linux distro but couldn't get grub to see all the distros.

    I have another 250 gig pata drive that I want to use as a knoppmyth drive and do a kinda triboot, but didn't know how to go about editing grub to do that either.

    Imagine my surprise when a friend came over and said "oh thats easy, just hit F8 during boot up and choose which drive you want to boot from". Could it really be that easy? YEP! I feel dumb.

    So, just in case there is anyone out there that wants to know, I hope this helps.

    Now if I could just figure out how to edit grub!
    Alienware M17
    Dual ATI 3870 512Mb ram each
    intel 5300 wireless
    Ubuntu 8.04

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    SuperMod (Back again) devils casper's Avatar
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    Jun 2006
    Chandigarh, India
    SATA and PATA combination creates problems sometimes.
    install other Linux distro in PATA disk and
    * install GRUB in MBR of PATA disk. in this way, you have to press F8 key at startup, change boot order to boot up from SATA or PATA disk.
    * install GRUB in boot sector of PATA disk. edit /boot/grub/menu.lst file of Ubuntu to add an entry of other distro. you have to edit file too.

    i prefer second method coz i find changing boot order every time is a bit cumbersome.
    Last edited by devils casper; 05-03-2007 at 12:23 PM.
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