Installing side by side with Win2k Pro

Lord Sauron lordsauronthegreat at
Thu Oct 26 20:44:10 UTC 2006

On 10/26/06, Jose Gomez-Dans <jgomezdans at> wrote:
> Hi Earl,
> On 10/26/06, Earl Violet <ejviolet at> wrote:
> > 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.
> The MBR was hosed. When Win2k found a new disk (hda->C:, hdb->E,
> hdc->D/CDROM, hdd->new disk), it changed the names of the primary
> slave and secondary master (my E: drive in Windows to D:, and my
> CD-ROM to F:). In the process, the MBR took a gander down memory lane.
> I have now removed the new kubuntu disk, and haven't tried with it on
> yet, but I fear that I might run into trouble with win2k reassigning
> drive names on the fly. That's what I meant by me wanting to have a
> setup such that windows ignores the extra disk in all senses.
> > 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.
> That was my previous experience. However, it has rearranged drive
> names at will when a new disk was inserted.
>  I guess this message has already turned into a Windows question, and
> I veered off-topic. Apologies for that!

One could argue that this is about Kubuntu interaction with Windows...

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