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Making a disk bootable - Solaris 2.51

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I would like to attach a new harddrive to the system as a bottable drive. Then I want to set the system up as dual bootable:

Procedures for making the new harddrive bootable:
1) format harddrive
2) newfs
3) Should I use Installboot and copy over the boot block?

Configuring system for dual boot:

1) setenv boot-device disk<disk#>
2) setenv auto-boot? false
3) reset
4) boot <current boot disk> or <new boot disk>
5) Did I leave anything out??
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Your procedure is correct. I hope when you say "newfs" you mean that you copy the necessary stuff to have an usabe operating system. Just newfs and then install the bootblock is not enough, you need a bunch of configuration and executable files.

  The easiest way is to launch the installation procedure (form CD or net if you have an install server) and then to choose the new hard disk for installation, then you can boot at will.
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by:arunmozhi
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generally newfs will create a file system only. It won't create the boot blocks and u have to copy it.
 Instead of that add the new hard drive and install the OS from the Cd to the new harddrive and suppose you are using windows and solaris on the same system use fdisk option o make the non dos partition (Solaris ) active and at the time of booting itself it will display the booting table and u can select the needed one.
   
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by:jlms
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arunmozhi's procedure does not apply here, the question obviously pertains to Sparc machines, not PCs.
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