dual boot- Linux and Windows- Toshiba laptop...

Bill Davidsen davidsen at tmr.com
Sun Feb 17 15:44:20 UTC 2008

Mike Chalmers wrote:
> On 2/17/08, Tim <ignored_mailbox at yahoo.com.au> wrote:
>> On Sun, 2008-02-17 at 00:31 -0500, Mike Chalmers wrote:
>>  > I wasn't aware that the Toshiba recovery discs gave you the option to
>>  > partition the disc, that is why I asked. I thought that recovery discs
>>  > automatically took up the whole hard drive.
>> I don't know whether *they* do.  They weren't mentioned in the message
>>  that I replied to.  You'd have to check on yours, or simply try it, to
>>  see what options you get.
>>  I can imagine recovery discs restoring a system to how it was when you
>>  bought it.  In my case, on an Asus system, the initial setup was a 5 gig
>>  recovery partition, half the drive as the OS, remainder as a spare
>>  partition.  But I appear to have an ordinary Vista install disc, so I'd
>>  expect to be asked how I wanted to set up the drive.
>>  You can try pre-partitioning using Linux, and hoping that a Windows
>>  install may just use already set-up partitions.
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> I think my best bet is to install Windows using the recovery discs and
> see if it has a partition option. If it does not then I will use a
> partition program to resize the partition and then install Linux.
I would install Windows first. Windows is far more likely to damage 
Linux that vice versa. Back when I ran dual boot I put the boot info in 
the Linux partition and made that the active partition. Some vendor 
Windows versions check the boot sector and object or "fix it" if it 
changes. The MSFT boot sector should (as in used to) boot the active 
partition, which then gets you into grub.

Bill Davidsen <davidsen at tmr.com>
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