Advice request for new system planning

Keith Burton kb at
Fri Jan 27 22:21:43 UTC 2006

On Friday 27 January 2006 15:48, Vram wrote:
> On Fri, 2006-01-27 at 14:49 -0500, David Teague(T-bird acct) wrote:
> > Hi folks
> >
> > I want to build a system that to run Linux (probably Ubuntu or Kubuntu,
> > possibly some other Debian derivative) and Windows. I would like a
> > recommendation of:
> >
> > Is it true that it is easier for Linux and Windows to coexist if
> > installed on different disks?
> Can't prove it by me???
> I always put them on same disk...

I've lost two systems where Linux and Windows were shared on the same drive. 
Friends of mine have lost a couple more. My impression is it's more likely a 
Windows issue than a Linux one, as it only happened after a major Windows 
crash requiring a hard-reset. The Linux boot partition ended up changed to a 
different type, and would no longer boot.

That problem may not exist anymore.  I wouldn't know, as none of us have ever 
tried installing them on a shared drive for maybe 3-4 years.

Note in Breezy there's a minor bug when you install to the 2nd drive. If you 
install grub to /dev/hdb, Breezy won't boot.  It's easy to fix though:

If you boot and it fails with "Error 17", in grub press "e" to edit. Find the 
line that says "root (hd1,0)" and change it to "root (hd0,0)". Press "b" to 
boot.  Once you're up, "sudo vim /boot/grub/menu.lst" and make the same 
change there to make it permanent.

Best of luck,

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