Boot sector during NT, Linux, and '95 installations.

Boot sector during NT, Linux, and '95 installations.

Post by Dani » Mon, 22 Sep 1997 04:00:00

From what I understand, Windows 95 erases the boot sector during installation
(regardless of whether it uses it or not)...???  Does Windows NT 4.0
Wordstation NOT do this?  The reason I ask is that I had some trouble in the
past when I tried to install NT after I had "un-installed" Linux by
reformatting my hard drive.




1. multi-booting Linux & '95 & NT - advice sought


I've got a Dell CPi 266 laptop currently running Win95 & Red Hat Linux
5.2 and I need to also install NT4.  My disk partitioning looks like
this at the moment (from Linux):

   Device Boot    Start      End   Blocks   Id  System
/dev/hda1   *         1      261  2096451    6  DOS 16-bit >=32M
/dev/hda2           262      787  4225095    5  Extended
/dev/hda3           773      788   128520   82  Linux swap
/dev/hda5           262      522  2096451    6  DOS 16-bit >=32M
/dev/hda6           523      588   530113+  83  Linux native
/dev/hda7           589      694   851413+  83  Linux native
/dev/hda8           695      772   626503+  83  Linux native

/dev/hda1 & /dev/hda5 are both Win95 at the moment (C: and D:
respectively), and all the others are Linux.  I want to install NT on
/dev/hda5 (leaving just hda1 for '95).

I'm currently using LILO on /dev/hda to boot Linux & '95.  I could use
NT's boot loader to boot all 3 OS's - I think I understand how to get
NT's boot loader to load Linux, but can I get LILO to boot Linux, '95 &

Most of the docs & HOWTO's I've read recommend installing NT before Linux,
but I'd rather get NT on there without disturbing the current setup too
much (or at all if possible!)

So, my question - has anyone done this successfully, and can anyone
offer pointers and/or advice before I jump in there and do it?

Des Herriott, Oracle Corporation UK Ltd.

 - speaking for myself, not my employer.

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