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NewsForge: Convert a Windows System to Dual-Boot Linux on a Second Drive

Feb 21, 2005, 22:45 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Philip J. Hollenback)

"I was recently assigned the task of converting a system running Windows XP to dual-boot Windows and Linux. The user needed to run Windows most of the time, but occasionally needed to boot Linux to run special applications. The one overriding requirement was to change the existing Windows setup as little as possible. In this case, that meant adding a second hard drive. Easy enough, right? Well, not so fast.

"The computer in question was a standard white-box PC with Windows XP installed on its one hard drive. One option was to shrink the exiting Windows partition with NTFSresize and install Linux in the resulting free space. However, this was too intrusive..."

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