Rép. : Re: [K12OSN] Dual boot using separate hard drives

Guy-Michel Lessard GLessard at cegepoutaouais.qc.ca
Fri Jun 3 14:17:50 UTC 2005

I might as well add my two cents.
I have done just that on several machines, install GRUB on the first (windows xp) disk and Linux on the second disk. No problem but... this doesnt work if the first drive is a SATA and the second an ATA, never found out why. I only got this working on two ATA drives.
Yes i have used the windows bootloader before and it works also.
No i did'nt create a boot partition on the first drive, on linux installation i just told Grub to install on the MBR, thats it.

>>> petre at maltzen.net 2005-06-03 09:13:30 >>>

The advantage of tweaking the Windows boot loader to provide the boot menu is that it 
leaves the Windows boot loader in place, whereas installing grub replaces it.  If the 
additional line you've added to the boot.ini doesn't work, it doesn't really affect the 
Windows boot. Overwriting the Windows boot loader with grub strikes me as more 
'radical', although in practice, either route is quite safe any more.  I wrote myself a 
note about using the Windows boot loader at 
http://petre.homedns.org/unix/dualboot_via_win.html that might be helpful.


Jon White wrote:
> On Thu, 2005-06-02 at 15:19, John P. Conlon wrote:
>>My concern is that I need Grub on the C: or first booting hard drive 
>>which will be where windows will be at.  I don't really want to mess 
>>with windows loaders.
> My understanding (and I've done it a few times successfully), is that
> you load Windows first (letting it take the whole hard drive as is
> default).
> Then when you load Linux, the installer can figure out to setup the boot
> loader appropriately without any additional configuration necessary on
> your part.
> Considering the situation, you probably DO want to change it so that
> Windows is the default OS.
> Good luck.

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