Re: Please help with XP Professional dual boot
From: Michael Stevens (mstevens_at_bogusmvps.org)
Date: Tue, 30 Nov 2004 20:56:31 -0800
> Dear experts,
> I have succeed at this before, but I am really stumped
> now, so I hope that someone will be able to tell me
> the secret to fix this.
> Dell 4550. XP Professional.
> Dual hard drives.
> Primary, C: XP only 80 gigs.
> Secondary. For Redhat 2.1 120 gigs
> First partition is extended, then logical /boot
> Now here is something important. When I bought this
> machine, the primary/only hard drive had two
> partitions in it. The first partition had no drive
> letter assigned and was about 30 megs. It had hardware
> diagnosis software, etc on it. The second partition was
> the C: drive. 80 gigs. I was able to get this to
> dual boot with grub, by overwriting the MBR. That
> actually worked quite well.
You don't need the 30 gig partition. Format the drives with one or more
partitions large enough for installing the OS.
Install XP to the primary hard drive.
Then install Redhat placing Grub on the second hard drive with Redhat.
Personally, I would use the boot floppy method for booting Redhat and leave
the XP bootloader intact. Makes it easier if you need to reinstall either
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