Re: Dual booting from xp's NTFS partition using LILO?
From: Markus Kossmann (markus.kossmann_at_inka.de)
Date: Fri, 21 May 2004 05:51:30 +0200
Raqueeb Hassan wrote:
> Hello there!
> Hope everything is going great in planet earth! I just wanted to
> install slackware 9.1 as dual boot with winXP. I resized that ntfs
> partition with ntfsresize
> (mlf.linux.rulez.org/mlf/ezaz/ntfsresize.html), now installing
> slackware on second partition won't much problem, but I was wondering
> where to put lilo? Should I put it on MBR or root partition of linux?
Depends. If you want to use lilo as first stage bootloader, put it on
the MBR, if you want use the NT/XP loader as first stage, put lilo onto
the superblock of a partition.
> Should lilo be able to read from that first ntfs/hpfs xp partition?
lilo doesn't care about filesystems
> Does XP uses the same boot loader of NT?
> And what if I copy using .... "dd if=/dev/hda6 of=/bootsect.lnx bs=512
> count=1" and copy bootsect.lnx to the root of the windows partition
> and add c:\bootsect.lnx="Linux" to boot.ini? Will it overwrite the xp
No, this is the variant using the NT loader as first stage. Remember
that you have to install lilo into the superblock of hda6 before
> The worse part, I've got a dell inspiron which does not
> have floppy. How do I use a usb mass storage device for copying that
> file to ntfs partition, if I have to?
I don't know the current release of slackware, but if it handles USB
devices like other distributions, the USB drive should be recognized as
FAT formatted SCSI drive. Maybe even some kind of automounter is
BTW, you should also think about providing a FAT formatted partition on
your harddisk drive for data sharing between Windows and Linux. And of
course you can use that partition to copy the bootblock, too.