Have a portable that has XP loaded. I want to create a dual boot with
Can I create the dual boot without partitioning the existing drive?
If I have to partition, what could I use that would not destroy my
existing XP files?
What should I use to create the dual boot?
Re: Installation Issues
On Tue, 31 Jan 2006, in the Usenet newsgroup comp.os.linux.help, in article
<firstname.lastname@example.org>, the guy upstairs wrote:
>Can I create the dual boot without partitioning the existing drive?[/color]
There used to be a "UMSDOS" file system - Slackware had support for
this, but it's rarely used anymore. The problem is that the standard
microsoft file systems are all single user mode, and lack the concepts
of file ownership, directory and file permissions, and file links. The
bottom line is yes, you'll have to partition.
>If I have to partition, what could I use that would not destroy my
>existing XP files?[/color]
The popular Linux distributions come with the necessary tools. There is
also a commercial product called "Partition Magic".
>What should I use to create the dual boot?[/color]
Again, the Linux distribution will come with versatile boot loaders.
Commonly, this is now "LILO" (LInux LOader) and "GRUB" (GRand Unified
Start there - there are quite a number of documents to read, such as
39240 May 3 2001 Install-Strategies
68456 Jul 8 2002 Installation-HOWTO
61164 Jul 21 23:38 LILO
18850 Mar 13 2000 MultiOS-HOWTO
7749 Jan 21 2001 Multiboot-with-GRUB
8080 Apr 26 2001 Multiboot-with-LILO
22488 Dec 4 2000 Pre-Installation-Checklist