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8th November 2011, 09:45 PM
I have 2 partitions. One holds fedora 15 while the other is currently empty. I wish to install windows 7 in the free partition.
Would it be possible or would the windows installation wipe out grub? If it will, then will I be able to install grub without losing my data on the fedora partition?
8th November 2011, 11:58 PM
Windows will take over the mbr, ideally you would want to have windows on the HD first, although you can install it 2nd, but it takes a bit of work to add grub to the windows bootloader, or reinstall Grub to the mbr with a choice to boot windows. I know there's a step by step instruction somewhere, but I can't find the link for it
This link in the docs tell you how to preform a linux rescue so you can re-install grub, You might want to look there to see if you can find more info, sorry but I don't have time right now to search further.
When I dual boot I use EasyBCD, they also have a wiki that helps you dual boot with windows (the Vista instructions are the same for windows 7), you might want to take a look at that since they say the instructions can be used if fedora was the first or second to be installed.
Or maybe wait a bit and see if someone comes up with a link to better instructions.
Edit: BTW - This has been discussed in the forums before, maybe try searching for "dual boot windows" or something similar here and you might get lucky.
9th November 2011, 06:37 AM
Hmm...yes it has been discussed before, but I was actually looking for the answer to my second question:
Would reinstalling the grub mean any loss of data on my fedora install?
And that hasn't been discussed. (Or I might have missed something)
Anyways, thanks for the insight :)
9th November 2011, 07:47 AM
Re-installing Grub will not destroy data, but, if the installation of Windows goes wrong, that could cause data loss. I would backup any data before trying. Fedora installed after Windows is pretty safe. Installing Windows on top of Fedora, well, I've read horror stories, so, don't take a chance without backing up first.
10th November 2011, 08:30 AM
Thanks. I was getting pretty paranoid so backed up even the damn grub config file. Turns out I did well.
Even though I worked out the solution using EasyBCD, at one point I was considering reinstalling my fedora.
Thank God sanity prevailed :)
Oh and thank you for your time :)
10th November 2011, 08:36 AM
are you using logical volumes or classic partitions ?
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