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Dual boot UNIX/Linux & Windows XP on different drives

By pratikpatel ·
I have Windows XP Installed on SATA drive which is my primary drive. Now I want to install free Unix/Linux on 2nd hard drive, which is the external drive. To do this I don't want to modify XP MBR.

How can I do it. Also is it possible to have little menu during boot which list both O/Ss, or should I settle with boot up disk(floppy/CD) for 2nd operating system. Also for both options any more details will be helpful, as consider me as newbie in this areas.


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All you need do is plug in the drive and Boot from your Linux CD

by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to Dual boot UNIX/Linux & Wi ...

Select the External HDD to install to and format as required and then finish off the install.

When you boot the machine you will be asked which OS you want to boot to with XP being the default and the Linux being the second option.

Nothing more is required but you'll need to know that as Linux doesn't run on a NTFS Partition it will be necessary to format up the external HDD to a NFS format and by default most versions of Linux work off 3 partitions which the installer will auto setup unless you want to override this and chose a different size for the partitions.


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