Solaris install problems

Posted on 2005-04-30
Last Modified: 2013-12-27
I have two hard drives in my system.  One is running XP and the other I want to run Solaris 9 on. First of all is this possible?  I have disk one set as primary master with a cd-rom as slave and disk two set as secondary master.  I want to install solaris on disk two and use boot magic to boot into either system. XP is running fine on disk one. When I try and install Solaris from the cd as the boot disk I get as far as four drop down menus asking me what partition you want to use.   There can only be one x86 boot per system. The partitions must be a minimum size of 30. There must be a Solaris partition.  Also, I hear there must be a dos partition. When an install is done on Intel my understanding is the x86 boot is suppose to go on the c drive but in a new unix
partition.  I don't quite understand but I don't see why I can't get Solaris on the 2nd HDD?
Question by:RARRONA597
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    Solaris wants to put its own boot-menu... and even though I like Solaris very much, I wouldnt use its boot-menu.

    Maybe the easiest way to get it onto the system is to take the first harddisk out (resp. disconnect the cable), install solaris on the second harddrive (being connected to the secondary master) and then reinstall your first disk again (and configure bootmagic)

    Btw: Do you know VMWare ? You can run a second OS in a window inside your first. And Solaris works nice inside VM's. Could be a good choice too.

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    I agree with neteducation - use VMWare -->

    Specifically, VMWare Workstation v5.0

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