Can GRUB damage the winXP bootsector during innstall on my second HD?

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Hjortur
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Can GRUB damage the winXP bootsector during innstall on my second HD?

Post by Hjortur » 2006/09/09 14:43:51

Hi. I am going to install a 86_64 version of CentOS 4.4 on my second
harddrive to dual boot with WinXP on my primary HD.
I have heard of some other versions of Linux that can damage the boot sector.
Have you heard of this happening with CentOS?

Here are my hardware specs:

Motherboard: K8NF4G-SATA2 1.00 (Socket 754)

Processor: Sempron 3000+ 1800MHz (L1 cache: 64.0 Kb,
L2 cache: 128.0 Kb, L3 cache: 0 Kb) Ext.clock: 200 MHz

Bios: AMIBIOS 080012 (03-Nov-2005)

Memory: 960 Mb (982 256 Kb)
DIMM0: 512 Mb(ECC,DIMM,5 ns) DIMM1: 512 Mb(ECC,DIMM,5 ns)

Oper. system: Windows XP Home Edition Swedish 5.1 (build 2600 Service Pack 2)

Harddisc: 2 x Maxtor 6L200P0

DVDRW: TSSTcorp CD/DVDW SH-W162C (D:)

TKS for any response :-D

lgeoff
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Joined: 2005/07/14 18:23:23

Can GRUB damage the winXP bootsector during innstall on my s

Post by lgeoff » 2006/09/09 18:31:45

I have never had any problems with CentOS. I use ntldr to dual boot.

I also don't use linux fdisk. I create partitions in Windows then:

Use [b]Manually Partition with Disk Druid[/b] and then just format the partitions.
Check [b]Configure advanced boot loader options[/b].
Check [b]First sector of boot partition[/b].

After install keep cd/dvd in, boot into rescue mode,
mount a floppy, and copy the boot sector:

[b]dd if=/dev/sd[/b]?? [b]of=/media/floppy/linux.bin bs=512 count=1[/b]

?? = boot partition

Then you can tell ntldr to boot it. I just tried this with Ubuntu 6.06 alternate-cd
and it messed up the mbr. lol

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