How do I Dual Boot XP with Linux Mint?

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Re: How do I Dual Boot XP with Linux Mint?

Postby hayz on Sun Jul 27, 2008 7:32 am

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The Pix XP Installation 6 is the error i got after a Restart of the Windows installation. .

Don't knw what to do frm here* . . I think i need to go see if some files av been added to my Data Partition like i found out b4. :arrow:
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Re: How do I Dual Boot XP with Linux Mint?

Postby kansasnoob on Sun Jul 27, 2008 2:01 pm

Lets see if we have an unallocated space large enough for Mint w/swap. 10GB or more will be fine,


That means Mint WITH swap. So you'd have 8+GB for the OS and a little less than 2GB for swap.
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Re: How do I Dual Boot XP with Linux Mint?

Postby Linux n00b on Mon Jul 28, 2008 3:34 am

I don't understand why you cannot backup your data? We would assume nowadays, you'd have a DVD writer with almost any computer. And a removable external hard drive is cheap as chip.

Anyway, just follow Fred's advice.

If I were you, I would backup all those data to DVD first. You never know when the hard drive will fail.
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Re: How do I Dual Boot XP with Linux Mint?

Postby hayz on Mon Jul 28, 2008 5:54 pm

I don't understand why you cannot backup your data? We would assume nowadays, you'd have a DVD writer with almost any computer


Everytime i try to Back up my data using the Dvd drive it stops @ different pints while Burning nd Says Burning Failed :oops:

Isn't there other ways of Backing up the Data on my PC?

Like, can i remove the HDD on my Laptop do as to connect it with another pC. . to Recover my Data. .

Before proceeding on this 0S adventure :?:
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Re: How do I Dual Boot XP with Linux Mint?

Postby Linux n00b on Tue Jul 29, 2008 3:39 am

It could be either you have bad batch of blank DVD (try different brand), or defective DVD drive.

But as I said before, buy an external hard drive, it is dirty cheap these days.
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Re: How do I Dual Boot XP with Linux Mint?

Postby hayz on Tue Jul 29, 2008 9:34 am

Linux n00b wrote:It could be either you have bad batch of blank DVD (try different brand), or defective DVD drive.

But as I said before, buy an external hard drive, it is dirty cheap these days.


k, i think for now that the only option i got left. .

i will av to wait till i get a xternal HDD to do the Backup. .

Hope Linux can regognise the External HDD just like a Flash drive. . so i can just do the Backup straight away, with no hassle. .

Thanks. . :mrgreen:
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Re: How do I Dual Boot XP with Linux Mint?

Postby Linux n00b on Tue Jul 29, 2008 10:21 am

There are always other options but an external hard drive is the easiest to backup large amount of data. The idea that you wanted to keep them, and yet not willing to back them up before playing around with partitions is very dangerous.

I believe to keep it safe, you need to keep at least two copies in case one fails (it happens more often then you think).

Also, same as flash drive, it is better to unmount flash drive/external hard drive before you unplug it.
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Re: How do I Dual Boot XP with Linux Mint?

Postby hayz on Thu Jul 31, 2008 3:17 am

k, now am looking for tutorials on how to slave my Laptop HDD to a Desktop PC so i can backup my data there.

Any comprehensive tutorial here will be appreciated. .

Thanks. :arrow:
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Re: How do I Dual Boot XP with Linux Mint?

Postby Linux n00b on Thu Jul 31, 2008 3:59 am

I'm sure you can google some. However, it is really simple.

First, you need to have the adapter to connect laptop hard drive to standard desktop (power and interface, be it PATA or SATA).

Then it is matter of connect your laptop hard drive (check jumper setting with hard drives), and power up desktop.
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Re: How do I Dual Boot XP with Linux Mint?

Postby hayz on Thu Jul 31, 2008 8:37 am

Linux n00b wrote:I'm sure you can google some. However, it is really simple.

First, you need to have the adapter to connect laptop hard drive to standard desktop (power and interface, be it PATA or SATA).

Then it is matter of connect your laptop hard drive (check jumper setting with hard drives), and power up desktop.


Don't know what exactly to search about on Google,. .

But if you help me find any detailed Tutorial pls let me know, Thanks.. :wink:
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Re: How do I Dual Boot XP with Linux Mint?

Postby Linux n00b on Thu Jul 31, 2008 9:25 am

For example: http://articles.techrepublic.com.com/51 ... 60538.html

It was referring to "old" PATA laptop hard drive (which sounds like what you have).

Keep in mind that the adapter itself is not "cheap", depending where you live, for example: http://www.cablestogo.com/product.asp?c ... &sku=17705

For that price, if you pay few bucks more you can buy an external hard drive case that supports laptop hard drive, and it will be much easier to work with.

In my opinion, using an external hard drive is much better for the following reason:
1. Easier
2. You have a backup copy that can be locked away
3. You have a backup drive for you other data
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