Dual Boot Philosophies

Hi everybody,

I'm very much interested in running two OS's on my machine (Linux

and Win95). I currently have them running on separate computers.

However, being somewhat new to Linux, i'm having trouble figuring out

what is the best way for me to do this. I am currently thinking of

installing a second Hard Drive in my system. I want to have both OS's

on separate drives. I want to be able to re-install either one at my

leisure without it affecting (in any way) the other, I believe this will

satisfy my needs. Also, I would like to use LILO as the boot loader for

these operating systems.

Does Win95 have to be on the primary drive and Linux on the

secondary? Does that even matter? Which OS do I install first? Will I

be able to re-install Linux and/or Win95 any time I want without it

affecting the other or both? What about overwriting the Master Boot


Keep the following in mind:

- 2 hard drives

- Linux RH 6.0

- Win95


I would appreciate any and all help on the above topic. In

addition, would you recommend any other setup than the one mentioned

here. If so, why? What works well for you? I am curiously awaiting

any reply's on the subject.

Thanking you in advance,



  • I am currently running Windows 95 and Linux from the same hard drive (in different partitions), but using seperate hard drives is even easier.

    Probably the best thing to do is install Windows first, then Linux, and then reconfigure LILO to recognize the Windows boot image. I recommend studying several of the HOWTOs available at the Linux Documentation Project before you do any re-partitioning or run LILO. It's (as always) a good idea to back up your hard drive too.

    You can set LILO up to boot off either the active primary partition or the master boot record (MBR) -- both ways work well, but using the MBR is probably more common. One thing to keep in mind is that Windows will occasionally overwrite the MBR, leaving you unable to boot Linux. It's important to have a Linux boot diskette so that you can boot back to Linux and reinstall LILO on the MBR. Also, if you ever want to remove LILO from the MBR, use the Windows 'FDISK /MBR' command.

    Hope this helps.


  • Thanks for the help Ted.

    The information you've provided is very helpful.

    I'm looking forward to trying it out.



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