Dual Boot Woes
Originally Posted by 1_of_9
I need to bump this to the top again. How can I get Suse to see my windows installation - which is set up on dual 60gb drives on a raid 0 array....ntfs file system. I installed on my kids computer and it went flawlessly. But during the initial boot off cd on my 8890 it sees the raid array, but does not see windows. Is there a different driver I need for the promise controller? Is the problem the ntfs file system? If necessary I will re-installl windows on one drive,and disable the raiid - but I'd rather not do that. Help please!
1_0f_9 : I spent a gruelling few days bouncing back and forth between windows and linux trying to get a bootloader to boot both. I dont know about SUSE because I did it with RH9 but if you are using grub as your bootloader then the issue is the same (and perhaps with LILO too) .
Grub cannot read an NTFS partition and therefore cannot boot windows from NTFS.
I'll tell you what I did to get it working, and then I'll tell you another option which is feasible (but wasnt what I wanted) :
1) install your Win2K OS on a FAT32 partition. This is what I did. Then, from linux, use the grub-install command to make that the boot partition, and edit grub.conf to boot windows or linux. If you want more detail let me know I can post my grub.conf file and other steps etc. This was the best choice for me because I wanted my C drive in windows to be the first partition on my disk and I planned to create another NTFS partition where i would install all my apps (graphics/music etc)... but system stuff I dont mind being on FAT.
2) your other option is to create a tiny FAT partition (like 32 MB is probably enough) as the first partition on the disk. WIN2K does not install unless it can write to the boot sector of the disk (even tough you can change the boot sector later) so make the boot sector / first partition a FAT partition. Install your WIN2K on another partition. The problem with this is that it will name that first FAT parition C: and your install partition D: and then all your system will be based on drive D: which can sometimes confuse your windoze applications.
But once you do this you can then install grub onto that FAT partition and load both OS's just like in option 1) .
As regarding the RAID config, I'm not really sure as I did not set up RAID on my HDs however I was only able to get Win2K to see my disks at all by loading the PROMISE RAID driver so maybe win2k is using raid0 ? I dunno...
hope this info isnt too spotty, i'm a little pressed for time... I been planning on posting a detailed play by play rundown of how I got my dual boot set up because it was kind of a nightmare until I finally hit the right config and now it's SWEET
Sager 8890 / 3.2 ghz / Radeon 9600 / 512 MB / 40 GB + 60 GB / Redhat 9.0 / Win2k Professional