Lilo booting WinNT,95,Linux on 3 seperate HD's
Posted on 1997-06-04
To the point: I've got Win95 on my first EIDE hard disk
(hda) and Linux on my second EIDE hard disk (hdb). I dual
boot with LILO which is located on the hda's (drive c's)
I just scrapped a hard drive from an older computer and got
it working with this current computer. It is currently an
empty drive formatted as DOS, fully recognized by my bios.
My configuration is:
hda - Win95
hdb - Linux
hdc - new drive.(I want to make this WinNT 4.0)
hdd - CDROM
I wish to add NT:
I've worked with NT4.0 and I'm aware that it has it's own
bootloader. I know this will interfere with my LILO
1. I've read that LILO is only bootable from the first two
drives. Namely, in my case, hda and hdb. Does this mean
that I won't be able to boot my hdc (WinNT) from within
does this mean that you can only write the MBR to the first
two drives..which, in my case, has been done since the MBR
is on hda already? This this "first 2 drives" limitation of
LILO something that I need to be concerned with judging from
my current configuration?
2. I have data on hda and hdb that I dare not risk losing.
Is the safest way to proceed to? ...
a. Make a WIN95 boot disk with CDROM drivers.
b. Disconnect hda and hdb COMPLETELY from computer.
(protect my MBR on hda as well as all my data on both)
c. Boot up Win95 boot disk with CDROM drivers and
install WinNT4.0 from hdd (CDROM) to hdc.
(I'm guessing that I might have to switch hdc and
hdd to hda and hdb respectively, for the NT
installation. The Primary chain may need to be
d. WinNT will be loaded on hdc and whatever NT
Bootloader is added will at least not have
touched my real Bootloader on hda which I will
put back on when I put my drives physically back
on the computer again (step e.)
e. Reinstall the hard disks back into their
original configuration hda, hdb, hdc, hdd.
f. edit lilo.conf to reflect WinNT option.
g. run sbin/lilo
Anyone who has any advice as to whether this seems reasonable, please let me know. The main thing to know is
that I can't fiddle with repartioning and installing the
OS's in a certain order.
It needs to be this way.
I have Win95 and Linux currently and need to figure out a
way to ADD WinNT to my current system using the 3rd disk on