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    Installing Fedora with XP already installed.

    I have 3 physical harddrives each with atleast 2 different partition. I was wondering how i would go about installing fedora 9 without having to worry about grub errors? could i just install fedora 9 on a different physical drive? also would i have to reformat the partition i want to install fedora on to something other than NTFS? i heard if i install fedora on an NTFS, files will be read only..

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    You cannot install Linux on NTFS.

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    Quote Originally Posted by k3ntegra

    I have 3 physical harddrives each with atleast 2 different partition. I was wondering how i would go about installing fedora 9 without having to worry about grub errors?
    Hello k3ntegra,

    I don't think anyone in their right mind would promise you no problems with GRUB. But here are summaries of every single-drive and two-drive method that I know about for dual booting XP and Fedora. Maybe this list will at least help you decide what you want to do.
    Dual Boot Methods for Windows and Fedora Summarized

    Both on one hard drive

    The Anaconda Default (very popular and common; not the default for nothing)
    1. Install Windows
    2. Install Fedora
    3. Install GRUB in the MBR
    4. GRUB boots both systems

    The Active Partition Method (a smart idea that is virtually ignored)
    1. Install Windows
    2. Install Fedora
    3. Install GRUB in the 1st sector of Fedora boot partition
    4. Set the Fedora boot partition as the active with a utility like fdisk or GParted
    5. GRUB boots both systems

    The MS Windows Boot Loader Method (works with any modern Windows boot loader including Vista's)
    1. Install Windows
    2. Install Fedora
    3. Install GRUB in the 1st sector of Fedora boot partition
    4. Configure Windows boot loader to boot both systems

    The Boot Floppy/CD Method (not so popular, but still used by some people)
    1. Install Windows
    2. Install Fedora
    3. Install GRUB in the 1st sector of Fedora boot partition
    4. Make a boot floppy or CD to boot Fedora

    The GRUB4DOS-WinGRUB Method (an interesting variation that boots a Linux without using any GNU GRUB stages)
    1. Install Windows
    2. Install Fedora
    3. Install GRUB in the 1st sector of Fedora boot partition
    4. Use GRUB4DOS or WinGRUB in Windows to boot Fedora


    Each on separate hard drives

    The Anaconda Default (very popular and common; not the default for nothing)
    1. Install Windows on first drive
    2. Install Fedora on second drive
    3. Install GRUB in the MBR of first drive
    4. GRUB boots both systems

    The so-called (by me, anyway) Jim Lawrence Method (popular with the ultra-paranoid about damage to Windows)
    1. Install Windows on first drive
    2. Unplug power cable to first drive
    3. Set second drive to first in BIOS
    4. Install Fedora on second drive
    5. Install GRUB in the MBR of second drive
    6. Reconnect power cable to first drive
    7. Add a Windows section to grub.conf file
    8. GRUB boots both systems

    The BIOS Method (especially good if your computer's BIOS has a splash screen boot device menu)
    1. Install Windows on first drive
    2. Install Fedora on second drive
    3. Install GRUB in the MBR of second drive
    4. Use the BIOS drive boot order to select an OS

    The MS Windows Boot Loader Method (works with any modern Windows boot loader including Vista's)
    1. Install Windows on first drive
    2. Install Fedora on second drive
    3. Install GRUB in the 1st sector of Fedora boot partition
    4. Configure Windows boot loader to boot both systems

    The Boot Floppy/CD Method (not so popular, but still used by some people)
    1. Install Windows on first drive
    2. Install Fedora on second drive
    3. Install GRUB in the 1st sector of Fedora boot partition
    4. Make a boot floppy or CD to boot Fedora

    The GRUB4DOS-WinGRUB Method (an interesting variation that boots a Linux without using any GNU GRUB stages)
    1. Install Windows on first drive
    2. Install Fedora on second drive
    3. Install GRUB in the 1st sector of Fedora boot partition
    4. Use GRUB4DOS or WinGRUB in Windows to boot Fedora
    Quote Originally Posted by k3ntegra

    could i just install fedora 9 on a different physical drive?
    Yes. It doesn't matter. Besides, I did.

    Quote Originally Posted by k3ntegra

    also would i have to reformat the partition i want to install fedora on to something other than NTFS?
    Actually, it has always been my belief that it's best to create free unpartitioned space for Fedora to install itself into. The Fedora installer (aka anaconda) is more than up to the task of creating partitions for Fedora to use.
    Last edited by stoat; 2nd September 2008 at 04:13 AM.

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    thanks alot for the informative response stoat. I was wondering though why i cant access my other hard drives? seems i can only access filesytem

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    Quote Originally Posted by k3ntegra

    I was wondering though why i cant access my other hard drives? seems i can only access filesytem
    Hello again k3ntegra,

    I would try to answer that, but I don't understand it. Access them with what? What's happening now? Have you already installed Fedora and can't find your other drives in Fedora? Or, are you still installing and mean that the Fedora installer doesn't recognize all of the hard drives? Remember that your readers have only your words to understand what you are doing. When starting a new thread like this, write like your readers don't know a single thing about what you're doing or what's going on. Because they don't.

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