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How to dual-boot Pardus 2011 and Windows 7

Installing Pardus 2011 Alongside Windws 7: After installing Windows 7, or after freeing up space on a disk with an existing installation of Windows 7, boot the computer from the Pardus installation DVD. Click until you get to the disk partitioning methods step. There are four options here. The option to select is highlighted in the image below. Select it and click Next.

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Partition methods

The installer will create partitions from the free space, and then install Pardus 2011. Note that throughout the installation, the Windows 7 partitions will remain untouched; nothing will happen to the data on the Windows side. But what will happen is that the installer will detect the two Windows 7 partitions as /dev/sda1 and /dev/sda2 (drive C when viewed from inside Windows 7). It will also detect the unallocated space, which it will partition as follows:

  • A primary partition for /boot of about 500 MB will be created first. This partition is /dev/sda3.
  • Then another partition, this time a logical partition, will be created from the remaining space and then initialized for use by LVM, the Linux Logical Volume Manager. This partition is /dev/sda5. From this LVM partition, the installer be create logical volumes for /, swap, and /home.

    Keep in mind that LVM is the default disk partitioning scheme on Pardus 2011. If you are interested, there is a guide on how to configure LVM on Pardus 2011.

When the installation gets to the “Configure Bootloader” step, you will be able to choose where you want the bootloader to be installed. By default, the installer will install the bootloader in the Master Boot Record of the hard disk, /dev/sda. This means that Windows 7’s boot files will be overwritten and the Pardus bootloader will be responsible for dual-booting. If this is what you want, click Next at this step and complete the installation. After installation, reboot the computer and you will be presented with two OS options on GRUB’s menu.

If you want to install GRUB (GRand Unified Bootloader) in the /boot partition of the Pardus installation, click on “Advanced settings,” and then select “The partition where Pardus is installed.” Keep in mind that selecting this option will require you to add an entry for Pardus 2011 in the Windows 7 boot menu.

Note that GRUB version 0.97, GRUB Legacy, is the bootloader used by Pardus 2011.

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Boot loader options

That is all it takes to dual-boot Pardus 2011 and Windows 7 on a computer with one hard drive. And it is just as easy to dual-boot both on a computer with two or more hard drives.

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