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greenmetal
30th October 2006, 02:19 AM
Hi,

I have a PC with three “separate” hard disk formatted as NTFS (had, hdb and hdc). One of the hard drives(hda) has Windows 2000 Pro installed. I use this PC remotely using VNC.

I have Fedora 6 installation CDs and I want to make a dual-OS system by installing Fedora on one of the hard drives(hdc). I am not sure if I need to convert a hard drive with W2K (hda) NTFS to FAT32 to make a dual-OS. I need to be able to boot into Linux with floppy and want to keep Win 2000 Pro as a default OS.

Can some one give me some idea as how should I proceed?

Thanks for your time,

GM

bob
30th October 2006, 02:28 AM
Try reading through this guide first: http://forums.fedoraforum.org/showthread.php?t=92701 and come back with questions if things are still a bit unclear.

greenmetal
30th October 2006, 02:45 AM
I read the thread. Thank you. I am not sure if this tread answered my questions but I am little more confused now.

First I have W2K Pro and not Win XP. During installation do I need to let Linux to modify my MBR if I want to boot Linux using floppy?

Secondly I suppose I can leave the hard drive with W2K Pro as NTFS. Let me know if I am wrong.

bob
30th October 2006, 03:04 AM
Well, you're not going to be able to boot with a floppy since the kernel is too large for that. There are 3rd party bootloaders that might do the job, but I'd stick to installing it on the mbr. If you decide to remove Fedora later on, you can still use the original Windows install disc and go into the repair mode and use the command 'fixmbr' to repair it. However, since you are asking about alternative methods and are a bit reluctant to mess with the mbr, here's a great 'how-to' that I've used: http://www.fedorajim.homelinux.com/ Yes, everything's referring to XP, but that shouldn't matter.

Linux won't install on NTFS, so you'll have to format one partition of one drive for the install. You can use a commercial partitioner such as PartitionMagic, or this excellent free partitioner: http://gparted.sourceforge.net/livecd.php