dual-booting with Gentoo

  • Katushai
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Post 3+ Months Ago

i was recently installing Gentoo on my two hard drives, 8.1 gig and 2.1 gig, and im not too familiar with fdisk...can somebody give me some information on how to dual-boot like i need? just a website or something...i couldnt find any info on google, but then again, i didnt look too hard...thanks
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Post 3+ Months Ago

try the gentoo on-line help ... the handbook

http://www.gentoo.org/doc/en/handbook/index.xml

choose the desired language ... and search the fdisk topic ...

PS. also have something about how to configure lilo and / or grub
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Post 3+ Months Ago

Of you aren't that familiar with fdisk (or in my case: you hate it) there is another utility that comes with Gentoo and most Linux distros, its called cfdisk and it does exactly the same thing as fdisk but it provides a much better interface and is pretty self explanitory. As zmoink mentioned above, you also need to configure LILO or GRUB which are the two main bootloaders used with Linux which allow you to choose between OS's on boot. In case you dont want to search through the entire handbook and as you indicated you already had Gentoo installed you can find the instructions here: http://www.gentoo.org/doc/en/handbook/h ... rt1_chap10 (you can probably ignore the framebuffer stuff at the top). I personally use GRUB, but they both work...
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Just an added note: If you're dual booting with Windows, be sure to install Windows before Gentoo as the Windows install will overwrite your bootloader otherwise.

At any rate, the instructions here are pretty clear cut for formatting your drive(s) with fdisk. If you get lost in the middle, just use the commands "m" (menu) and "p" (partitions): http://www.gentoo.org/doc/en/handbook/2 ... t=1&chap=4

Also, the gentoo-wiki has some good information for anyone using Gentoo - see here for starters: http://gentoo-wiki.com/HOWTO_Dual_boot

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