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3 OS on 1 physical drive, possible?
Subject: 3 OS on 1 physical drive, possible?
Author: Manny    Posted: 2006-01-26 00:54:55    Length: 872 byte(s)
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Hi,

I currently have 2 physical drives on my system (IDE).  One the first
disk, I have Windows XP installed on the boot partition, and have linux
installed on another partition.   On the second physical drive I have
only Windows ME.  I am able to boot all 3 OS using Lilo Boot Menu.

So, to my question...

Is it possible to put all the OS on on physical hard-drive and boot them?
 I would like to installed a serial ATA drive with loads of space, and
get rid of the two drives.   I would like Windows XP to be on the boot
partition, and linux, and Windows ME on the other partitions.  It would
be hard to get Linux installed.  But is it possible to install Windows ME
on a non-boot partition, and have lilo boot it.

Thanks,
Manny

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Subject: 3 OS on 1 physical drive, possible?
Author: Robert Hull    Posted: 2006-01-26 02:21:28    Length: 3,503 byte(s)
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In alt.os.linux, on Thu 26 January 2006 05:54, Manny
[mannys5@hotmail.com] wrote:

QUOTE

Is it possible to put all the OS on on physical hard-drive and boot
them?

In theory yes, but you *are* talking about Windows here so it will not
be straightforward

QUOTE
I would like to installed a serial ATA drive with loads of space, and
get rid of the two drives.

That bit shouldn't be too difficult

QUOTE
I would like Windows XP to be on the boot partition,

I take it that you mean the first primary partition

QUOTE
and linux, and Windows ME on the other partitions.

You would also need to put WME onto a primary partition and fool around
with the partition types to kid WME that it is alone on the disk whilst
being installed by hiding the WXP partition.

QUOTE
It would be hard to get Linux installed.

Not

QUOTE
But is it possible to install Windows
ME on a non-boot partition, and have lilo boot it.

I don't think that you are using the correct terminology here.


The question is not "boot partition" versus "non-boot partition", but
primary versus extended. You also need to configure LILO to hide
different partitions at different times since each version of Windows
insists on booting from a primary partition and on being the only
system that it understands on the computer.

You will need to install WXP on /dev/sda1 then fool about with the
partition table to hide the WXP partition and create another primary
on /dev/sda2 partition for WME. Once that is installed, you will then
have the simpler task of installing linux and configuring lilo.

I have not used lilo for a few years, so I cannot remember all of the
incantations needed to fool the various versions of Windows that they
are masters of the universe.
--
Robert HULL    If it's there and you can see it - it's real
               If it's there and you can't see it - it's transparent
               If it's not there and you can see it - it's virtual
               If it's not there and you can't see it - it's gone!

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Subject: 3 OS on 1 physical drive, possible?
Author: Michael C.    Posted: 2006-01-26 02:39:02    Length: 2,211 byte(s)
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On Thu, 26 Jan 2006 05:54:55 GMT,
Manny [mannys5@hotmail.com] wrote:
QUOTE

Is it possible to put all the OS on on physical hard-drive and boot them?

Yes.

QUOTE
I would like to installed a serial ATA drive with loads of space, and
get rid of the two drives.   I would like Windows XP to be on the boot
partition, and linux, and Windows ME on the other partitions.  It would
be hard to get Linux installed.  But is it possible to install Windows ME
on a non-boot partition, and have lilo boot it.

You're making things much more difficult than you need to.
Install ME on the boot partition.  Install XP in an extended
partition, and Linux in an extended partition.  XP should allow
you to dual boot between ME and XP, and Linux if you go to the
trouble of setting it up.  This would not let you select ME or XP
directly, but it pretty much sets itself up.

It is possible to set the machine up in the manner you request,
but there is no advantage to doing so.  If you're still
interested and don't want a proprietary boot manager, I'd suggest
reading the man page for fdisk, updating to a current version of
LILO, reading the man pages/info pages/docs for that, and the
appropriate HOWTOs.  It isn't difficult, but if you don't
understand the process it is an exercise in patience.  If you
don't have boot/rescue disks don't bother.

Installing Linux shouldn't be a problem, but save it for last.

GL,

Michael C.
--
mcsuper5@usol.com http://mcsuper5.freeshell.org/

Don't take life too seriously, You won't get out alive.

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Subject: 3 OS on 1 physical drive, possible?
Author: Lenard    Posted: 2006-01-26 06:52:54    Length: 1,844 byte(s)
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Manny wrote:

QUOTE
Hi,

I currently have 2 physical drives on my system (IDE).  One the first
disk, I have Windows XP installed on the boot partition, and have linux
installed on another partition.   On the second physical drive I have
only Windows ME.  I am able to boot all 3 OS using Lilo Boot Menu.

So, to my question...

Is it possible to put all the OS on on physical hard-drive and boot them?
I would like to installed a serial ATA drive with loads of space, and
get rid of the two drives.   I would like Windows XP to be on the boot
partition, and linux, and Windows ME on the other partitions.  It would
be hard to get Linux installed.  But is it possible to install Windows ME
on a non-boot partition, and have lilo boot it.

As others have already said, you need to install Windows Me first. This is
what Microsoft recommends for booting multiple versions of Windows. Both
Windows Me and XP use the same bootloader. I would also recommend that you
plan to have an extra common partition (vfat or FAT32) for all three OS's
to share data and store files on.

http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/using/s.../multiboot.mspx



--
"A personal computer is called a personal computer because it's yours,
Anything that runs on that computer, you should have control over."
Andrew Moss, Microsoft's senior director of technical policy, 2005

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Subject: 3 OS on 1 physical drive, possible?
Author: Vahis    Posted: 2006-01-26 07:48:03    Length: 1,915 byte(s)
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Manny wrote:
QUOTE
Hi,

I currently have 2 physical drives on my system (IDE).  One the first
disk, I have Windows XP installed on the boot partition, and have linux
installed on another partition.   On the second physical drive I have
only Windows ME.  I am able to boot all 3 OS using Lilo Boot Menu.

So, to my question...

Is it possible to put all the OS on on physical hard-drive and boot them?



One way of running multiple OSes and their versions is virtual machines.

I just started experimenting with VMware. Looks like a perfect fit for
multiple environments. You can run different OS versions simultaneously,
no dual or multiboots required.

VMware Workstation can be obtained as a 30 day trial. With that you
configure the virtual machines.

Then there is the player, which is free, does not expire :)

It runs the virtual machines that have been configured with the workstation.

I started to put some notes on the subject to my site, it's just
starting and not much is there yet. I'm currently running Windows 98SE
and XP Pro with VMware. Works like a charm. I put them on my file server
and run them over the network. Of course you can install them locally,
no problem with that. On the contrary, they run better.

http://waxborg.servepics.com

There are others like Parallels. I haven't done that yet, but clearly
I'm focusing on virtualization while waiting for SUSE 10.1 release, it's
really great fun.

--
Vahis

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Subject: 3 OS on 1 physical drive, possible?
Author: Hartmut Buhrmester    Posted: 2006-01-27 16:20:04    Length: 821 byte(s)
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Robert Hull [Robert@please.do-not-spam.me.uk] wrote:

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You would also need to put WME onto a primary partition and fool around
with the partition types to kid WME that it is alone on the disk whilst
being installed by hiding the WXP partition.

Windows Me can't read NTFS partitions anyway - no need to hide that
partition. So, to install the operating systems independently, one might
try:

Install Windows XP on a NTFS partiton first,

install Windows Me on a FAT32 partition next,

install Linux last and let it control the other operating systems.

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