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Dual Boot linux / XP

xtcfreak

TRIBE Member
When I installed Linux , I accidently formatted my windows partition and since have not installed it back.

I am now ready to install windows on another drive, but I am affraid of my Linux not booting. Any tips?

I am pretty sure Linux is on my secondary drive and windows will go on the primary.

Do I need to install windows then linux ? I really dont want to do that since i have my linux partition setup pretty good.

Jay
 

~atp~

TRIBE Member
If they're on separate physical drives, you have nothing to worry about, except that Windows *will* overwrite the MBR. This is okay though, because you just need to boot using a linux bootable CD, get yourself back into your *nix environment and rewrite the MBR with grub/lilo.
 

Anakin

TRIBE Member
You don't need a bootable CD. You can install windows on the second drive, then use the linux bootloader to start the windows install on the second drive. It will just be a boot option. You can also use the windows bootloader to start up your linux install..

Here is a pretty good explination of how to do it.
http://jaeger.morpheus.net/linux/ntldr.php
 

xtcfreak

TRIBE Member
Anakin said:
You don't need a bootable CD. You can install windows on the second drive, then use the linux bootloader to start the windows install on the second drive. It will just be a boot option. You can also use the windows bootloader to start up your linux install..

Here is a pretty good explination of how to do it.
http://jaeger.morpheus.net/linux/ntldr.php
I put windows on hda and linux on hdb (with grub being on hdb1 (/boot)), swapped my boot order in bios , and all is well. PC boots up linux boot loader and i have windows option in there :)

Thanks for all suggestions

Jay
 
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