16968Re: [linux-dell-laptops] Dual-booting to a removable HD?
- Jan 2, 2003At 03:08 PM 12/28/2002 -0800, "Stephen Lau" wrote:
>It looks like even System Commander can't.
>On Fri, Dec 27, 2002 at 09:14:01PM -0800, Gwen Morse wrote:
>> Is the Linux drive in the bay?
>> Yes => Wait "x" seconds (for me to manually over-ride)
>> and then boot to Linux by default
>> No => Boot to Windows 2000 right away.
>I don't know that the loaders like GRUB or LILO would be intelligent enough
>to do this. maybe one
>of the commercial ones like system commander might?
My second thought was to use a "boot CD" instead of a boot floppy. That
means, I would only boot into Linux when I had the CD in the (fixed bay)
CD/DVD drive, and I've swapped out the floppy drive and put in the second
HD. Would this work? Can I use a boot CD instead of a boot floppy? My BIOS
is configured to read bootable CD's, I think.
A last thought is, can I configure the second HD to be bootable, by itself.
By that, I mean, the FLOPPY drive is bootable. Is it possible to somehow
designate the bay to be bootable? (This might also be useful should I ever
get my hands on a ZIP drive, which fits in the same bay).
If I could, then, *maybe* I could install LILO on that drive, and it would
just boot into Linux whenever I put the drive in and restarted (or, am I
missing some logical point by thinking this?)
>Go download the 'TweakUI' control panel - it lets you point your 'MyThanks for this suggestion. I've configured the smaller partition to be
>Documents' folder to be
>somewhere else, including a path residing on a different drive. It's a free
>control panel put out
FAT32, and set it as the new "My documents" folder. For the person who
pointed out NTFS is read-able by Linux, not writable, I was aware of that.
I wanted a single "data" drive that could be both read and written to by
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