General :: Installing Multiple Distros On One Hd

Jan 19, 2010

I want to install multiple distros on one hd just to get some experience with them. I'm wanting to try out different distros and DE's, so I think I'm settled on wanting to install Ubuntu, Mandriva (or PCLOS), opensuse, and Linux Mint, all on a 40GB drive, giving a little more than 10GB to one of them to use as my primary Linux OS. I also have a current XP install on another hard drive that I'd want to leave connected so GRUB will detect it (not touching it at all during OS installs).

After trying several times to get 4 (or even 3) OS' installed on one drive using one GRUB has been a pain, so it looks like I'll have to put each OS' GRUB on it's respective partition and use one OS' GRUB as a primary in the MBR. With all that being said:

1. What's the best GRUB to use? Much difference between Ubuntu 9.10's and Mint 8's?

2. I'm not worried about saving data on a separate /home partition, so could I use one swap partition and a / root for each OS (giving each one about 10GB)? Would that just mean resizing the previous install's partition and manually creating a 10GB / ?

3. I've read the GRUB 2 guide several times, and when manually adding all of the GRUB's in different partitions to the "main" GRUB, all I need to enter is the title, root entry, and possibly chainloader +1?? This is the area I need the most help in... manually adding entries to GRUB 2... not too worried about Windows because that's usually detected, just adding other distros.

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General :: Installing Nvidia Driver On Multiple Distros ?

Jul 26, 2010

For some reason I can't seem to get my driver installed on my PC with Nvidia graphics... Only Ubuntu seems to be able to do it and it still doesn't do it correctly..

Heres my hardware










On slackware, arch, etc I can't get the driver installed SBOPKG, etc all fail....

They all say it cant find kernel source/modules,etc

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Nov 20, 2010

My partition layout is as follows:

sda1: 14GB / ext4
sda2: 10GB /iso ext4
sda3: 4GB /home ext4
sda4: 86GB Extended
sad5: 2GB swap

I have 84GB free space on this hard drive and want to install another distro. Will I be able to create another / and /home partitions for the new distro?

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Aug 26, 2010

I just recently purchased a Lenovo Netbook s10 3c which I planned to use for working and such. I have always been interested in the idea of using a Linux system, and so I downloaded the ISOs for Ubuntu Netbook 10.04 and also for Ubuntu Desktop 10.04 and 9.04 as well has Fedora 13. (I wanted to try some out.)

Unfortunately, for ALL of the distros, I run into a snag. When installing any of them, my keyboard will not respond to any keystrokes, even arrow keys, enter or caps lock. I have searched on google, linux forums, ubuntu forums and lenova's site, all to no avail. It seems that everyone who is having problems is having problems with some other sort of system which involves a virtual keyboard or USB keyboard (I do not want to have to use a USB keyboard - that would silly considering I bought the thing for easy portability).

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Feb 26, 2010

I want to switch to a different distro. So now I have 2 linux distros on my computer, and also win 7 (as a backup). how do i delete the other distros and keep the one I want?

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Jun 11, 2011

I have a 16Gig usb drive and i've managed to get Backtrack up and running on it with persistence, but I really want to have on it is Mint, Backtrack 5, if possible Ubuntu and hirens bootcd. I don't really want to use unetbootin. how i need to set up the partitions, if it's possible to have both Backtrack 5 and Ubuntu with persistence since they both use casper-rw and what mint needs for persistence.

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Apr 8, 2010

I've got an external hard drive with one large data partition on it. I also have four computers to connect it to (individually, not at the same time). Three machines are running Slackware and one is running Ubuntu 9.10. I need to be able to just plug the drive into whichever machine, mount it (preferably to the same location each time) and not have to worry about user permissions and such. Do I just chmod 777 all the files and folders or is there a better method for different 'users' to access the same partition? And how about mounting to the same location each time?

Now the second part of my question I'm pretty sure I'm not able to do but just in case..... is there any way to encrypt the information safely and make it compatible with a Windows XP machine?

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General :: Linux Distros Aren't Installing

Mar 21, 2011

I have an older laptop (hp pavilion dv1000), specs are:
Intel Pentium M 1.5 GHz
512mb RAM
60gb HD

Before attempting the below, I had XP installed on it, and it ran without issues, other than being a little slow.I'm looking to install a linux distro, but I've had a ridiculous amount of issues so far. Currently, there isn't anything installed on the machine. I've tried (booting via cd iso's):

1. Ubuntu 10.04.2-desktop-i386: Got to splash screen, then black screen. Never got to iso boot menu.

2. XUbuntu-10.04.2-desktop-i386: Got to splash screen, then boot menu. Chose the install option, and it went to a black screen. Nothing else happened.

3. openSUSE-11.4-KDE-LiveCD-i686: Installed all the way, except the graphics didn't behave correctly, the whole thing was glitchy and problematic, I decided to move on.

4. XUbuntu-10.04.2-alternate-i386: After a seemingly perfect installation, upon reboot I get this...
"The disk drive is not ready yet /dev/mapper/crystswap is not ready yet or not present", then gives me the option to wait or do a recovery. I tried waiting, it boots to a black screen. I tried the recovery, and now it doesn't boot at all.

Anyone have any good recommendations for a linux distro that should work out of the box with this laptop? I'd like to install NetBeans, firefox, and etc, so nothing too basic. Just something that will run quickly given my specs.

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May 20, 2009

I got Fedora LiveCD version on my USB....but I would like to test many other distros on the same USB. Is there a way to have all of the distros on my USB, and when I open the boot menu on startup, I can choose which distro to boot?

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Jul 1, 2010

I'm in the process of trying several different distro's live before deciding which I want to run a new net book. So I make I live USB. But what happens if I put moe than one distro on the USB? Will I get a menu to chose? or will I have problems?

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Feb 5, 2011

I can't stay without ubuntu a single day. That's it. I said it. But I definitely need windows 7 cause I'm a heavy gamer. But I also like to keep and use other distros like Fedora. I came to read that only ubuntu uses GRUB 2.0 and it automatically detects all the distros which should be listed by GRUB 1.0. My question is,

How Can i set up the Multiple OS machine Ubuntu + Fedora / BackTrack / Suse + Windows 7? Someone on IRC channel told me that I just install Ubuntu last and it will detect all operating systems automatically.. But I'm a quite reluctant to that kind of short answer. It's now your call experts.

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CentOS 5 :: Partitioning And/or Multiple Distros - Just 1 HDD?

Jan 15, 2010

I read somewhere that it's good to partition to several partitions, and even better to have separate parts on different hard drives, or even to have different distros, like Ubuntu or this or that UNIX-based OS on different hard drives, to maximize the functioning quality of your server.Unfortunately I only have one HDD and one computer at the moment, and although I can add more later when I've got the $$$, right now I'd like to know the best way to set up a partitioning sequence.

In addition, I have Windows 7 currently installed, and would like to keep it here. I've partitioned my internal HDD which is 250GB to only have 50GB to Windows 7, and I have ALL my data besides relevant application data stored on either my PS3 YDL 6.2, which has a 500GB HDD, and on my 1TB external HDD.So, what is the best partitioning sequence considering 180GB of space, a 50GB Windows 7 partition, and no other hard drives connected to the server? Also what/what OS to put on the different partitions?

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Apr 24, 2010

I dual boot multiple distros of Ubuntu and I'm trying to use my /home from 9.10 for 10.04 also.Is this possible? If not, does anyone know if I can copy sections of my 9.10 Crossover files to my 10.04 /home. Biggest thing is for WoW which takes forever to load each new distro I upgrade to.

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Jul 15, 2010

How could i use Wubi to install multiple/different distros in one PC? After installing one distro and re-launching Wubi for install the 2nd one requires to uninstall the first one. Is it possible to stop the uninstall routine?

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Sep 15, 2010

I'm interested in testing Maverick, (or the next release, or the one after that) but always run into a problem with testing that runs alone the lines of.I have my current install (10.04) I have two partitions, / and /home, it works well.As soon as I add a new version it seems to be recommended NOT to have them both point to the same /home partition, the problem is, if I don't do that I don't have all my files, and it's a pain in the rear to setup.So what I was thinking is to have three basic partitions,

/home (for config files, and true HOME files)
/data (for all my actual data)

Create links from say /home/james/documents to link to /data/documents that way I can get to my documents.This way if I add a new version I can setup either the same (two partitions, / and /home and point /home/xyz/documents to /data/documents) or keep it slightly simpler for testing, just have one partition and repoint /home/xyz/documents to /data/documents.The main one I can think of would be permissions for files/folders?

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Jun 21, 2011

I have used the following

Code: #Don't change this comment - YaST2 identifier: Original name: none# title Ubuntu 10.04 booting via symlinks kernel (hd0,6)/vmlinuz root=/dev/disk/by-id/ata-ST9500325AS_6VE3ZHX6-part7 ro quiet splash initrd (hd0,6)/initrd.img for Ubuntu for some time. Can this symlinks-booting technique (with the appropriate partition numbers/names) be used for LinuxMint and/or Fedora ?

Currently, I have one PC with Ubuntu's GRUB2 managing multiple distros (openSUSE 11.3 and 11.4, Ubuntu, Linux Mint and Fedora) with Windows 7. I would like to replace it with the openSUSE GRUB, and the Ubuntu, LinuxMint and Fedora are rarely used.

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Feb 19, 2010

My hard disk is :

/dev/sda2 Primary Linux ext3
/dev/sda3 Primary Windows
/dev/sda5 Logical Linux ext3 /boot
/dev/sda6 Logical Swap
/dev/sda7 Logical Linux Ext3 /home
/dev/sda8 Logical Linux ext3 /

After this install I wished to try out Backtrack 4 which I installed on /dev/sda2. The version of GRUB which was installed with Ubuntu 9.10 got wiped out and the version of GRUB with backtrack was installed . However the menu did not consist of the Ubuntu 9.10 booting option . How should I edit menu.lst so that I can get all my Ubuntu 9.10 booting option along with my backtrack installation

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Sep 12, 2010

I know it's possible to to have multiple distros on one hard disk, and set it up so you can just have one /home partition and use it for all of the distros on that system. My question is, how efficient is that? Does it bloat the /home out with a whole bunch of stuff that might slow a particular distro down because it's filled with stuff from another? (I.e configs). And let's say I have two distros that are of different bases, say ubuntu and arch, does this make a difference? I know obviously that my personal files will all be accessible and not matter which distro they are being read from, but I'm talking more about the hidden stuff.

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Dec 15, 2010

I dual booted Karmic on my old laptop. I just received my new machine, Envy 17 with a 160 GB SSD and a 640 GB hard drive with Windows 7 pre-installed. I want to multiboot Windows, Maverick and the CAElinux distro, on the SSD I am thinking. I am in the process of searching the forums in regards to partitioning strategies and hints to smooth the installs.

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Jun 21, 2011

I currently am in an adventurous phase and want to try other distros while still having a reliable, stable Ubuntu installation to fall back on. I'm currently in the process of partitioning my disks, and I realized that I might have trouble booting them, as the most recently installed would control GRUB and clobber any previous GRUB setup. So what I want to know is how to go about managing everything so that only one distro, preferably Ubuntu, has control of the GRUB menu at boot up, and will still recognize the other distros on other partitions.

I plan to have three 15GB root partitions, one swap, and one home partition for each distro.

Would I create a /boot for each distro? Or create one /boot with files from each distro copied there? Or should I do something else entirely?
I just don't want the distros to interfere with each other. Also, I don't want to use VMs for this, because I want to see what a real full-performance install is like for each distro.

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Jan 22, 2011

I am trying to intall multiple distros on an external drive. This drive has no windows installed and I want it solely for Linux use.
When installing the distros from live disks, each time it comes to selecting the partition to install to, I am asked for a mount point. I have used in the first installation but this cannot be used again.

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Aug 8, 2010

How is this supposed to work out? I noticed some distros are really good about recognizing your other linux distros and some not. They keep recognizing windows, but not other linux distros. Also, I have run into a few problems when my operating systems were on different hard drives. I have my operating systems running from a small 250gb laptop hard drive with special mounting and am using my TB hard drive for internal storage /data.However, my last attempt at installing a linux partition on the TB hard drive with Windows and another linux partition on the laptop hard drive didnt work out so well. Updating grub via the command line didnt sort this out. Sudo su root Apt-get update grub (or grub update) or whatever didnt work before when I tried it.

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Oct 31, 2010

With the startup disk creator on Ubuntu (Currently running Ubuntu 10.04 LTS) I realised you could boot Ubuntu from a USB and then install it onto the HDD if you wish to. *Side note* Still amazes me you can run a whole operating system from a USB memory stick drive *End Side note* Now My question is: 'Is it possible to have multiple distros of Linux on a USB memory stick and choose which one you wish to boot from when you boot up the computer?'I was hoping to get a seagate portable HDD ((here) and load quite a few different Linux distros on it to get a broader view of Linux than just Ubuntu (Although Ubuntu does rock ).

Is there simple ways of doing this? I have read around this forum and Google and a suggestion was given to install all of the distros onto the portable HDD/ USB memory stick and then install Ubuntu onto it last as its good for picking up other OSes in its GRUB. (Again if my idea on GRUB and its workings are wrong please point it out - got to keep learning)

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Jul 9, 2011

the title says I have painfully slow(connection times out when loading google) ethernet connection on my new pc. This comp had similar problems with the OEM windows 7 install but now it's strictly a linux box so I'm anxious to get it fixed.

I'm running Ubuntu 10.04 and Slackware 13.37, and have wireless working on Ubuntu but haven't set it up on Slack yet. The only thing I've done so far is try to change speed and duplex using ethtool but it didn't work, the settings stayed the same. I'm writing from another comp so I'll do my best to post any info you request but I'll have to use a flash drive lol

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Mar 27, 2010

Noobish question on multibooting multiple Linux distros. I have four of the current major Linux distributions. Each has been installed and run individually (no other Linux distribution installed) in a dual-boot configuration with Windoze. No problem.

What I want to do is install all four Linux distributions and multiboot them. Reading the internet it would seem this is a simple task with GRUB. The short version being - install a Linux distro with a separate /boot partition for GRUB and use GRUB to boot the other Linux distros from the GRUB boot menu.

So I installed one of the Linux distros with a separate partition for /boot. The distro installer installed GRUB in /boot and correctly setup a dual-boot configuration with Windoze. GRUB was installed to the MBR. Next I installed a second Linux distro in its own root partition and told the distros installer NOT to install GRUB to the MBR, but rather, to the boot sector of the root partion of the second Linux distro. Installation was uneventful (and I could access the second Linux partition from the first installed Linux distro, things looked ok). Then I added to following to the installed (MBR - /boot) GRUB's menu.lst:

Code: title lixux distro 2
root (hd0,7)

chainloader +1 After which I rebooted the system and the new entry for the second Linux distro now appears in the GRUB boot menu. I selected the second Linux distro from the boot menu and got the following GRUB error: Error 5 : Partition table invalid or corrupt

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Jul 24, 2011

Im trying to install a multiboot with multi distros, in this case Slackware and Linux Oracle. I have Slackware running for a while now and try to install it in other partition. Suppose I have Slackware in /dev/hdb and planning to install Oracle Linux in /dev/sda. My plan is:

1.Format /dev/sda
2.Install Oracle Linux in /dev/sda using boot disk
3.Modify lilo.conf
4.Run dual boot

But the problem is during the Oracle Linux boot installation: 1.It doesnt recognize the partition and file format that Slackware did in /dev/sda 2.The installation disk then force me to create another partition for memory swap and root directory 3.At first attempt I created a partition in /dev/sda with RAID format which didnt get recognized by Slackware so that I had it wiped out at the next attempt of installation.4.Just before the process of partitioning /dev/sda, Oracle Linux installer from the boot disk cannot detect my dvd drive although the PC was booted from its very drive (Why?) so It was asking me if I need to point out the location of another copy of the image file, which is located in /dev/sda1. The installer read it from /dev/sda1, I think not from DVD drive. This always happens in all attempts.5.At the end, it cannot finish the process of the installation and I have to abort it, without knowing the reason for it. This happens in all attempts also.


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May 11, 2011

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Jul 4, 2011

Right so my situation is a little obscure and from all the posts I've read through I can't find one that suits me well enough.My PC's hard drive recently went on the fritz so I backed up all my data, got a brand new Terrabyte hard drive and then put all my stuff on there. I also plugged in the fault drive as a secondary and ahev cleared most of the stuff off it. It's separated into two partitions; E: and F: but together make about 600 gigs. I then have two external Terrabyte hard drives, it's a long story but their connected via USB.

Now I really like the idea fo getting to grips with Linux. I don't want to use a LIVE CD, I've done that already and I want to see how I get along using it as a proper OS. I also really need to keep the Windows Vista for several reasons, most importantly for iTunes which I use to keep my iPhone and iPad up to date and I've heard iTunes and linux don't get along too well, even with programs like WINE. So obviously I'm looking to dual boot and keep all my data but what would be the best way to go about it? Stick it on my primary drive? Or on my slightly faulty drive? Or on one of my two externals? On the bright side, because I'm on a fairly new hard drive, my Vista runs really smoothly, and so I shouldn't encounter too many bugs that windows is renowned for a long the way...

I'd also like to be able to access all my data from both OSs so I don't have to keep jumping from one OS to another. Is that possible? or simple to accomplish?I have a pretty good Nvidia graphics card too, so I'd appreciate it if someone could explain how I get XGl working on Fedora once it's all set up.

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Feb 9, 2010

I currently have one very big partition in my laptop that runs Ubuntu. I have to install Fedora for work and I'd also like to try out OpenSUSE, so I'll have to repartition. Since I don't want to duplicate data, I will move /home to a different partition and mount it from all three. I'd like to know, can I also do this with /var and /usr? If so, would that mean that every program I install will be available from all three?

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