Reconfigure to boot from extended partition?
glgxg at sbcglobal.net
Mon Aug 27 16:58:10 UTC 2007
On 08/27/2007 09:38 AM, Rashkae wrote:
> NoOp wrote:
>> Can I simply reinstall grub and tell it to boot from hdb? ala:
>> or will that just make matters worse?
> So, if I understand you correctly, you want to be able to add/remove the
> Windows Drive at will, but always be able to boot into Linux?
> This is certainly not a problem, and having installed Linux on an
> Extended partition will not be a barrier at all. The only downside I
> see is that your Swap partition is located on your Windows drive, so
> removing that drive will also deprive you of any swap (and indeed, might
> cause booting problems with swap defined in your /etc/fstab)
> In any case, to make hdb bootable, you can do the following:
> Boot into linux and run grub shell
> #sudo grub
> Once in the grub shell, issue the following commands.
> device (hd0) /dev/hdb
> root (hd0,4)
> setup (hd0)
> you should then be able to boot from your Linux drive only. However,
> you'll have to edit the boot options if you do so. (When grub first
> starts, press ESC to display the boot menu, press e key to edit the
> Linux entry, scroll down to the root (1,4) and change it to root (0,4)
> The drive your bios boots from is always hd0 to grub. If you plan on
> removing the Windows drive often, I would switch them around so Linux is
> always on Drive 0 and windows is on drive 1. (This will require a minor
> edit to the /boot/grub/menu.lst file for Windows to boot.), but if Linux
> is on hda and windows on hdb, then you will no longer have to edit the
> boot options when you want to boot Ubuntu with the Windows drive removed.
Thanks! That makes sense.
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