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How to add another OS to Hard Drive using GParted? [SOLVED]
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Sky Aisling


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PostPosted: Thu 03 Jan 2013, 00:56    Post_subject:  How to add another OS to Hard Drive using GParted? [SOLVED]
Sub_title: Including - what to do with GRUB4DOS.
 

Hello,
My goal tonight is to install another OS (XUbuntu 12.04) onto a machine which currently contains Lucid Puppy 528.005 frugal install on sda1.
(See screenshot1)
The machine is a Dell Inspiron 600m with 1+gig of RAM and a Centrino chip Intel Pentium M processor.

Using GParted -

Is this how I would set up for the new OS?


. choose the unallocated portion of the drive.
. enter the amount of space to allocate.
. choose an extension i.e. ext2 or ext3.
. label the partition.
. apply
. set the boot flag.
. create a swap file in the same manner as above but without the boot flag.
(Is a swap file necessary since there is already one that Puppy uses?)

When I try this process, GParted lists the new partiton as *Partiton #1*. Is this ok?
(See screenshot2)

Once the new partition is created the intent is to load XUbuntu onto it.

What happens to the GRUB4DOS v0.4.4 that I set up for Puppy?
Does it handle XUbuntu also?
Does the config script need adjusting?


Thank you in advance for any guidance you can give.
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capicoso

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PostPosted: Thu 03 Jan 2013, 14:14    Post_subject:  

Hello.
Everything is ok until the swap thing.

(Is a swap file necessary since there is already one that Puppy uses?)
You don't need another.

When I try this process, GParted lists the new partiton as *Partiton #1*. Is this ok?
Yes, it's "NEW partition #1". Once its made it'll be sda3. Btw 5gb is small for xubuntu i think. Unless you have / in sda3 and set /home to a new sda4(xubuntu will tell you about this when you're installing) It's a mount point.

What happens to the GRUB4DOS v0.4.4 that I set up for Puppy?
Does it handle XUbuntu also?
Does the config script need adjusting?

When you install Xubuntu it'll try (maybe it'll try, or maybe it'll do it without even asking) to replace the mbr. It'll install grub2. And it'll not see puppy. If it asks you, tell it to not install grub2. If it does it without asking, then once everything is done, reboot and put on your puppy live usb/cd to skip grub2 and jump into puppy. Then reinstall grub2dos from puppy, like you did the first time ever, and it'll see your xubuntu. Once its done, you reboot and you'll have grub4dos with puppy and "linux", if you want it to read "xubuntu" you have to change it when you're installing grub4dos.
The only drawback is that you won't have xubuntu recovery mode automatically added to grub4dos, that'd have to be edited manually, or in the grub4dos boot. And done.
Just ask if i wasn't clear

good luck!
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PostPosted: Thu 03 Jan 2013, 15:37    Post_subject: How to add another OS to Hard Drive using GParted?
Sub_title: Including - what to do with GRUB4DOS.
 

Got it! capicoso Thank You!
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