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    Default Dual-boot Windows 7 - OpenSuse 13.1

    I have a Core2quad desktop with 8Gb of RAM and two 500 Gb hard drives. I've got Windows 7 64-bit installed on one drive, the other one's empty.
    If I install OpenSuse on the second drive, will it detect my Windows 7 install and give me a dual-boot option ?

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    Default Re: Dual-boot Windows 7 - OpenSuse 13.1

    Anybody ? I'm a linux newbie, so help is appreciated

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    Quote Originally Posted by DrMcKay View Post
    If I install OpenSuse on the second drive, will it detect my Windows 7 install and give me a dual-boot option ?
    Yes, it should.
    If Windows doesn't show up immediately after the openSUSE installation, try to install all updates. (YaST->Online Updates)

    There was a bug in that it couldn't find a Windows installation under certain circumstances, but this has been fixed in January.
    Last edited by wolfi323; 03-Apr-2014 at 03:08.

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    Default Re: Dual-boot Windows 7 - OpenSuse 13.1

    Thx ! I'll give that a try tonight.
    Apparently, for other distros (Ubuntu based), it's not that simple. Been doing some reading and apparently, it involves disconnecting the drive with the Windows install, install linux on other drive, reconnect the windows drive, and then modify GRUB... yikes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DrMcKay View Post
    Thx ! I'll give that a try tonight.
    Apparently, for other distros (Ubuntu based), it's not that simple. Been doing some reading and apparently, it involves disconnecting the drive with the Windows install, install linux on other drive, reconnect the windows drive, and then modify GRUB... yikes.
    Well, I setup a new computer with Windows 7 and openSUSE 13.1 just yesterday (but that had only 1 hard disk).
    First I installed Windows 7, then openSUSE.

    I didn't have to do anything manually, the openSUSE installer automatically used the free space on the hard disk, and the Windows 7 loader was automatically added to the boot menu.

    And most importantly, both OSes booted up just fine afterwards...

    In your case with 2 hard disk you should check if openSUSE wants to install to the correct drive and might have to change the installer's proposal, but if the second hard disk is empty it should be preferred to be used instead of resizing the Windows partition I think.

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    Default Re: Dual-boot Windows 7 - OpenSuse 13.1

    Quote Originally Posted by DrMcKay View Post
    I have a Core2quad desktop with 8Gb of RAM and two 500 Gb hard drives. I've got Windows 7 64-bit installed on one drive, the other one's empty.
    If I install OpenSuse on the second drive, will it detect my Windows 7 install and give me a dual-boot option ?
    Just to make certain you are installing to the correct drive and partitions, here are my suggestions:

    When you get to this screen:
    http://www.fraser-bell.ca/tech/linux...nstall-003.png

    Clear all checkmarks, the only mark should be for "New Installation".

    I recommend as a novice that you keep the default KDE desktop, at least for now.

    When you get to this screen:
    http://www.fraser-bell.ca/tech/linux...nstall-012.png

    Make certain the only checkmark is in Propose Separate Home Partition, then click on Create Partition Setup.

    When you get to this screen:
    http://www.fraser-bell.ca/tech/linux...nstall-013.png

    Select Custom Partitioning (for experts). Do not let the "experts" warning scare you.

    On the Expert Partitioner screen:
    http://www.fraser-bell.ca/tech/linux...stall-014b.png

    click on "Hard Disks". One drive will probably be labelled sda and the other will probably be labelled sdb. You should be able to tell which is your Windows drive, it will have NTFS partitions that you will probably recognize. Choose that drive first, slide the green slider over and look to make certain there are no entries under the "Mount" column for that drive.

    If there are entries there, click on that line (the sdb1 or sdb2 or sdb? line that has the entry, or the sda? line, if that is your Linux drive).


    You should then see a screen similar to this one:
    http://www.fraser-bell.ca/tech/linux...nstall-027.png

    Click on the Edit button, and on this screen:
    http://www.fraser-bell.ca/tech/linux...nstall-028.png

    make certain to select "Do not format partition" and "Do not mount partition", then click Finish.

    Back here:
    http://www.fraser-bell.ca/tech/linux...nstall-029.png

    select the drive you want to install openSUSE on, and make sure it has at least 3 partitions listed under the Mount column, as shown on this image. The 3 should be "/", "/home", and "swap".


    Don't worry about the Labels you see in my image, not necessary for you to bother with at this point in time. Ignore the sizes you see in my image, as well. This is from a guide to help someone install to a small spare HD.

    For your sizes, I recommend 40-Gig for / (which is the root partition), which should be far more than enough. I actually have a lot installed on my main personal machine, and I only take about 10-Gigs of the root partition up, lots of spare room for future installs.

    Choose a larger size for /home (the rest of the drive minus 16-Gig, if you wish,) since this is where almost all your Data will be saved. Or, create an extra partition for extra data, or some other use, if you have one in mind.

    The swap partition, in your case, could be 16-Gig, which probably would be far greater than you will ever need, but with your disk space, that can't hurt.


    If you run into problems during your install, come back here for more help. I hope you enjoy openSUSE as much as I do.
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    Gerry Jack Macks"Walk On A Sunny Day" GerryJackMacks.net

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    Default Re: Dual-boot Windows 7 - OpenSuse 13.1

    Quote Originally Posted by Fraser_Bell View Post
    Just to make certain you are installing to the correct drive and partitions, here are my suggestions:
    ...
    Wow, thanks !

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    Default Re: Dual-boot Windows 7 - OpenSuse 13.1

    Quote Originally Posted by DrMcKay View Post
    Wow, thanks !
    So, how did you make out?
    "Take a Walk on a Sunny Day, Greet everyone along the way, and Make Somebody Smile, Today"
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    Default Re: Dual-boot Windows 7 - OpenSuse 13.1

    Quote Originally Posted by Fraser_Bell View Post
    So, how did you make out?
    Haven't had time yet, will try today and keep you posted...

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    Default Re: Dual-boot Windows 7 - OpenSuse 13.1

    On 2014-04-04 07:46, Fraser Bell wrote:
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    > DrMcKay;2634530 Wrote:
    >> I have a Core2quad desktop with 8Gb of RAM and two 500 Gb hard drives.
    >> I've got Windows 7 64-bit installed on one drive, the other one's empty.
    >> If I install OpenSuse on the second drive, will it detect my Windows 7
    >> install and give me a dual-boot option ?

    >
    > Just to make certain you are installing to the correct drive and
    > partitions, here are my suggestions:


    I would suggest making sure that grub is intalled on the second disk
    only, leaving the first disk (with Windows) intact. Then you have to
    select the second disk in BIOS as the boot disk.

    Installation on the second hard
    disk - grub

    Installation on the second hard
    disk - grub - details


    I'm not sure about what I show on the second photo: I think that the
    disk order has to be changed, but I'm not sure if it is needed or not.

    --
    Cheers / Saludos,

    Carlos E. R.
    (from 13.1 x86_64 "Bottle" at Telcontar)

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