[Lugstuff] How to question

Bob Graw III bgraw3 at mac.com
Wed Apr 22 11:49:22 EDT 2009

I'm not 100% sure because I rarely deal with Windoze anymore, but GRUB 
could be the answer, not the problem.

Windows will be the problem.

If you removed the existing drives and did the new 64bit Windows 
install, we can assume that will work. Windows will install it's 
bootloader on the new drive and everything will be clean.

Then, you could put the original drives back in place and add the new 
drive as the third drive.

Then, you should be able to modify GRUBs conf file to point to the new 
OS(s) using the chainloader part of GRUB (which is probably being used 
for the existing Windows partition.)

See http://www.gnu.org/software/grub/manual/grub.html#DOS_002fWindows 
for GRUB information about mapping and hiding. I would hope Windows 
would be better about where it booted from, but I think it still 
pretends there are no other operating systems and kind of "demands" that 
it be on the first drive (C:). So, hopefully, mapping or hiding will 
help. (My guess is that you do not want to hide the partitions so that 
you can still access the data when running the other OS(s).)

Good Luck
Bob Graw

David F Bleil wrote:
> I intend to install a 3rd SATA HD on my computer.
> 1st hard drive Windows XP PRO 32 bit
> 2nd Hard drive currently has  SUSE 9.3  32 bit. I  WILL change to 64 BIT Suse 
> 11.1 after installing the additional Win XP Pro 64 bit OS. The Suse install 
> finds the other partitions and askes me which one I want to use.
> I want to install this drive and make the OS system on the NEW DRIVE
> 3rd Hard Drive  XP Pro 64 bit
> What procedure should I use to install the SUSE 64 bit [2nd hard drive] and
> the XP Pro 64 bit[3rd hard drive]
> remove the drive, plug the new drive as primary and install the XP Pro 64 bit 
> as a new installation or is there a way to make sure that the Windows 64 bit 
> will go on the third drive? If I do this will the GRUB boot manager be hosed?
> I am relaying this request to the LUG on behalf of a friend who is new to 
> Linux and multiple boot systems in general. I would appreciate any 
> observations, warnings , tips which would be applicable to this project.
> He has the correct hardware for using 64 bit software.
> 4 GB Ram
> Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 Conroe 2.4GHz 4M shared L2 Cache LGA 775 65W
> Dual-Core Processo
> Thanks for your assistance.

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