Installing side by side with Win2k Pro

Lord Sauron lordsauronthegreat at
Thu Oct 26 04:39:39 UTC 2006

On 10/25/06, Earl Violet <ejviolet at> wrote:
> On 10/25/06, Jose Gomez-Dans <jgomezdans at> wrote:
> >> Hi!
> >> I want to install Kubuntu on a spare disk on my machine at work.
> The
> >> disk hangs off /dev/hdd, and it can all be used for kubuntu
> purposes.
> >> However, I would like to ensure that the Win2k disks are not
> touched
> >> at all. Not the MBR or anything at all. Ideally, when I restart
> >> kubuntu and take out a floppy disk, Win2k should use its own
> >> bootloader to silently proceed with booting up.Ubiquity does not
> let
> >> you not install grub in the MBR (and doesn't let you do a boot
> disk).
> >> Does anyone know how to create a bootdisk for Kubuntu?
> >Not off the top of my head.  Grub can be configured to use a
> >chainloader, which will use grub, and then if you select windows it
> >will go to the windows bootloader.  It does require overwriting the
> >MBR however.  I haven't done it before, but in theory it should
> >work.
> I've done it several times with several Distros with no problem.
> Linux will overwrite the MBR and will give the option of booting into
> either. When I finally got another computer and Moved Kubuntu to a
> separate machine, I ran "fdisk /mbr" from a Win98 install floppy and
> all was back as normal.
> >> Moreover (and this is probably more a win2k question), I would
> like
> >> Win 2k not to even recognise the Kubuntu disk (which is ext3
> anyway),
> >> and that it doesn't try to format it, or do strange things with
> it. Is
> >> there something that can be done for this?
> >It shouldn't try to mess with Kubuntu anyways.  Unless you run a
> disk
> >formater, but that whole application's job is to display ALL
> >partitions anyways so then it's doing what you (indirectly) asked
> for.
> Win2K will deny the existence of your ext3 partition. It won't even
> see it so you couldn't format it if you wanted to.

WinXP (which is exactly like 2K in most respects) saw the ext3 parition.

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