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Solved ]Dual Boot installation Xp in C: & Mint in D: How to?

Postby dnmint on Tue Jun 24, 2008 6:49 pm

I have 2 partitions - C: 35 GB with XP in it. D: 45 GB having files & folders.
I installed VirtualBox ( 8 GB dynamic allocation )in C in Program files. In this VBox I have installed Ellyssa.
I find that C is getting fragmented fast. Also i the XP defragmenter is not able to defrag it.
Is this normal?
Should I install VBox in D & reinstall Elyssa in that partition than in Main C:
If I decide to make a Dual boot install, can I use D drive for Mint leaving C & XP as they are.
If so how will MBR be written with Grub
Would be grateful for advice
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Re: Dual Boot installation Xp in C: & Mint in D: How to?

Postby hotweiss on Tue Jun 24, 2008 8:31 pm

If you are using Mint in Virtual Box, you won't have to worry about GRUB. As far as the fragmentation is concerned, is your hard drive FAT 32? If yes, there is your reason. Switch to NTFS...
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Re: Dual Boot installation Xp in C: & Mint in D: How to?

Postby rbanavara on Wed Jun 25, 2008 7:25 am

Also for moving mint from C: to D:, you dont have to re-install. VBox uses vritual disk, which is actually a file. you can move that file to D: and just have to re-configure your VBox to use this file for the HDD. Also if you go for physical install, the GRUB will automatically be configured to handle both Windows & Mint (had seen couple of posts where people had issues with GRUB install part, if you are sceptic, just make sure you know how to install GRUB manually).
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Re: Dual Boot installation Xp in C: & Mint in D: How to?

Postby dnmint on Wed Jun 25, 2008 8:22 am

hotweiss wrote:If you are using Mint in Virtual Box, you won't have to worry about GRUB. As far as the fragmentation is concerned, is your hard drive FAT 32? If yes, there is your reason. Switch to NTFS...

My both partitions are NTFS.
In C: prior to installing VBox & Mint 12 GB out of 35 was occupied. After installation of Mint , it has 19 GB occupied. The increase, I presume, is to accommodate Mint & its files.
That portion is being sown as Frag & not defragging.
Any advice on installing Mint ( as Duasl boot- NOT VBox ) in D: with XP being in C:
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Re: Dual Boot installation Xp in C: & Mint in D: How to?

Postby dnmint on Wed Jun 25, 2008 8:24 am

rbanavara wrote:Also for moving mint from C: to D:, you dont have to re-install. VBox uses vritual disk, which is actually a file. you can move that file to D: and just have to re-configure your VBox to use this file for the HDD. Also if you go for physical install, the GRUB will automatically be configured to handle both Windows & Mint (had seen couple of posts where people had issues with GRUB install part, if you are sceptic, just make sure you know how to install GRUB manually).


Thanks. Can I just cut-paste VBox from C to D? Will it move the Mint inside it too?
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Re: Dual Boot installation Xp in C: & Mint in D: How to?

Postby rbanavara on Wed Jun 25, 2008 8:42 am

By "cut-paste VBox", do you mean entire VBox application? In that case no. There will be some location where your virtual machine files are stored. You need to find that location & move only thise files. As long you wont touch the VBox binaries (under the program files) & virtual machine files are intact some where, you can play around with the location.
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Re: Dual Boot installation Xp in C: & Mint in D: How to?

Postby dnmint on Wed Jun 25, 2008 9:06 am

rbanavara wrote:By "cut-paste VBox", do you mean entire VBox application? In that case no. There will be some location where your virtual machine files are stored. You need to find that location & move only thise files. As long you wont touch the VBox binaries (under the program files) & virtual machine files are intact some where, you can play around with the location.


How do I search for these? These do not show up in Win Explorer?
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Re: Dual Boot installation Xp in C: & Mint in D: How to?

Postby rbanavara on Wed Jun 25, 2008 12:29 pm

They do show up in explorer. They have an extension .vmdk You need to move this wherever you need and you have to correct the location of this file in the harddisk configuration of your virtual machine (In the virtual disk manager).

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Re: Dual Boot installation Xp in C: & Mint in D: How to?

Postby dnmint on Wed Jun 25, 2008 3:34 pm

I think I have experimented ok in VBox installation of Mint in my laptop. Bulk of the things are working well. Next week, as I reach home, I will install Mint on my Desktop as a Dualboot installation ( C with XP, D with Mint, E for all files)
I have Mint CD, so will try .
Wish me luck :)
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Re: Dual Boot installation Xp in C: & Mint in D: How to?

Postby rbanavara on Thu Jun 26, 2008 7:00 am

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