I've heard great things about Mandriva 2007 and have recently decided to download it and test it out. I have Windows XP installed as my primary OS on my 40GB HDD (primary master), and I have a secondary 10GB HDD (primary master) from where I want to install Mandriva 2007.
Now if ever I will install Mandriva 2007 on my second HDD I think it will boot up and just goes straight to Windows XP.
How can I set up a dual-boot between these two systems? Please advise. Thanks!
just install it on your second hardisk and it will put lilo in your first hardisk and you can choose what OS to boot everytime you start your PC.
Once you have installed it on the second HDD (just install as usual and choose this disk during installation) you can set the default operating system, time to wait for OS choice, etc by going to Start>Control Panel>System>Advanced>Startup and Recovery>Settings
Be aware that this edits your boot.ini file and you could experience bootup issues if you make mistakes.
To set the default OS (the one that will be started if you do not enter another choice) click on the drop down at the top and click on the OS to use.
Below this is the checkbox that allows you to control how long the OS choice will be displayed on startup.
Hope this helps,
Order of Install must be All Microsoft OS's then your Linux distro. The reason for this is because NTLDR takes over your boot and won't recognize Linux. And remember if you wish to install older versions of Windows, you must install them in order from oldest to newest.
Yeah, you must install all Microsoft OSes before installing Linux. Install GRUB into the primary drive. Set bootable flag on Primary Disk, Partition where GRUB is installed.
You should use RAID to get way faster drive speed. Then it'll be really easy to dual-boot.
Wow, next to none of these posts were actually helpful lol. You need to drop the linux loader (LiLo, Grub, whatever the hell you want to use) onto the first drive, contained in this need to be options to load the windows one from hd0 and the linux one from hd1 (your drive references may vary, this is just an example). Thats really it, then restart and viola!
There is no way to do this through Windows, the installation order doesnt matter, its easier to install windows then linux but thats irrelevant to this topic, who cares if Raid increases his speed, he isnt backing the drives up to each other so that doesnt change anything either. And granted the boot-loader may be on the second drive and the exact same setup but a BIOS to the first drive, that just adds another step so why bother?