help making multi-boot system
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From: Rocky Ou <email@example.com>
Date: Mar 24, 2006 9:26 AM
Subject: Re: help making multi-boot system
To: Mike McCarty <Mike.McCarty@sbcglobal.net>
>1) You need to back up your system completely. Make a complete
disaster recovery set. Verify that it can be used to recover
your system. Save a copy of your MBR on a floppy or other
removable medium. Also save the first sector of each partition
and each logical disc within extended partitions onto removable
(2) Make room for Linux. You need to repartition your disc. Partition
Magic may help you with this. It may require that you re-install
Windows. When you have your system repartitioned with the Windows
partition(s) smaller, verify that you can boot Windows and that
it runs normally. Verify that you can do everything you want to do
(3) Decide how you are going to make your Linux partitions.
AIUI, the Debian installer can do this for you in a semi-automated
way, or you can do it yourself. Partitioning Linux has as many
ways to do it as there are people who perform it. YMMV
(4) Install Linux, and select an option which leaves existing
Windows partitions intact. At this point, you must decide how
you are going to manage boot. With Windows 98 you are probably
ok selecting GRUB to manage your boot from the MBR, and selecting
chain loading of Windows. With WinNT and WinXP I find that
letting the Windows Boot Manager manage the boot is a better
way to go. Again, YMMV. You might prefer not to let GRUB manage
the boot from the MBR right away, but rather install GRUB into
the BR of the Linux Boot partition. This is what I recommend.
Then make a GRUB boot floppy and practice booting both Windows
and Linux using the boot floppy. After you are proficient with
using GRUB to manage the boots and have that working, then you
can install GRUB into the MBR of the disc.
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>Make a complete disaster recovery set.
Is Knoppix live CD good enough?
>Save a copy of your MBR on a floppy or other
>removable medium. Also save the first sector of each partition
>and each logical disc within extended partitions onto removable
How can I do that? Can you give me some hints or reference please?
>Then make a GRUB boot floppy and practice booting both Windows
and Linux using the boot floppy.
Could you tell me how to make a boot floppy? Can I make a boot CD since my laptop does not surpport floppy?