dual boot Xp and Ubuntu Studio

Ralf Mardorf ralf.mardorf at alice-dsl.net
Fri Dec 31 15:01:06 UTC 2010

On Fri, 2010-12-31 at 15:23 +0100, Ralf Mardorf wrote:
> On Wed, 2010-12-29 at 13:04 -0500, Douglas Pollard wrote:
> > Hi Folks,  I have xp on my first drive and Ubuntu Studio on the second. 
> > I have a partially installed Kodak easy share program that crashes xp 
> > and I have been told that I will have to reinstall xp. I can't remove 
> > the Kodak program. As I remember  Xp will  wipe out Ubuntu if I 
> > reinstall it. Is this correct ??   Thanks Doug
> No this is bullshit, assumed that XP offers you to be installed on any
> first partition.
> It might be, that the XP boot loader will overwrite GRUB in the MBR. If
> so, copy the MBR first and restore it, by using a Linux live CD, after
> Windows is installed. Then run 'update-grub' by your Ubuntu Studio, that
> should include a chain loader entry for XP, to your GRUB menu.
> To copy the MBR run
> sudo dd if=/dev/sda of=MBR bs=512 count=1

Don't re-partition anything, before you'll restore the MBR.

> Instead of sda enter the wanted HDD.
> to restore the MBR run
> sudo dd of=/dev/sda if=MBR bs=512
> to be safe you might wish to copy your Ubuntu Studio before you
> reinstall XP.
> >From a Live CD or another Linux install run
> sudo -i
> cd to_the_root_directory_of_your_Ubuntu_Studio
> tar czf /path_were_the-backup_should_be_stored/name_of_the_backup.tar.gz
> *
> Note: Shell globbing is tricky, the * will cause, that hidden files only
> will be copied inside folders of the root directory, but not for the
> root directory itself.
> Hth,
> Ralf

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