[Techtalk] Installing XP without affectin Linux
Wim De Smet
kromagg at gmail.com
Thu Apr 2 21:08:20 UTC 2009
On Thu, Apr 2, 2009 at 11:20 PM, Christine Bussman
<olearyck at geek-den.net> wrote:
> David Sumbler wrote:
>> The spare partition is /dev/hda1, and my current Linux / is
>> on /dev/hda7. There is already an appropriate entry
>> in /boot/grub/menu.lst for booting Windows on /dev/hda1 - I used to have
>> Win98 on there, so apart from changing the name perhaps, I do not need
>> to touch menu.lst .
> It's helpful that it's /dev/hda1 that you're planning to put windows on,
> because I would not be 100% sure that even XP would be nice installing
> elsewhere, especially with an OS it didn't recognize in the first partition.
>> As I understand it, then, all I need to do is the following:
>> 1) Install WinXP on /dev/hda1 ; OK to format in NTFS?
> If possible, it would be better not to use ntfs because Linux usually
> can't write to ntfs. However, when I dual boot I often make the system
> partition in windows be ntfs and then have a small fat32 partition, so
> there is someplace on the hard drive I can write to from both operating
It seems ntfs write support is now being rolled into most distros. At
least the latest ubuntu seems to have it. In all other you can use
ntfs-3g. I've not read any horror stories and it's got tons of users
now, so I'd assume it's pretty safe to just use ntfs.
About the steps listed in the previous mail: those all look alright to me.
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