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Why would you ever want to do that? Grub is fine.

It's less hassle if anything should go wrong. www.google.com/search?btnG=1&pws=0&q=dual+boot+grub+no+longer+works

F8 always works and cant get screwed up. I have nothing personal against single drive dual boots, I just prefer to use a more robust option when I have the choice.
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post #12 of 32
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It's less hassle if anything should go wrong. www.google.com/search?btnG=1&pws=0&q=dual+boot+grub+no+longer+works
F8 always works and cant get screwed up. I have nothing personal against single drive dual boots, I just prefer to use a more robust option when I have the choice.

Takes me longer to press F8 than it does to fix grub if grub were to ever have an issue. Which is not likely if you're not messing with it.
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Takes me longer to press F8 than it does to fix grub if grub were to ever have an issue. Which is not likely if you're not messing with it.
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sorry I was hoping there would be an idiots guide, im a linux noob tongue.gif

Oh look, the OP would have no idea how to fix grub if anything went wrong.
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Oh look, the OP would have no idea how to fix grub if anything went wrong.

He also wouldn't be messing about with grub in the first place to cause a problem.

9 times out of 10 when something goes wrong in Linux it's usually because of the user doing something they shouldn't be, or going outside of their knowledge zone.

After install, the most you'd have to do is install os-prober and run grub-mkconfig and be done with it and never touch it again. And if doing so, the chance of something going wrong are slim to none.
Edited by Shrak - 11/4/12 at 9:26am
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He also wouldn't be messing about with grub in the first place to cause a problem.

Because grub can only get messed up on purpose. I see. I thought Linux people liked options. Separate drives is a viable option that is more robust in every possible way. Why are you so opposed to it?
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Even in a multi drive seating grub is still a viable option as that's what I'm currently running and it's suiting me fine so far
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I never suggested grub couldn't be used in a multi drive setup. Like I said before I have no issue with grub. It does what it is meant to do. I suggested an alternative and got flak for it. So whatever. Some people can't accept that there are more than one way to do things. I get that.

My entire reason for suggesting separate drives/separate MBR's (somewhat implicit in a multiple drive setup if using the BIOS to pick the boot up drive) was that the OP is a self professed Linux noob.

What happens if he decides he no longer likes his Linux partition and decides to get that space for Windows back? What happens if he decides to upgrade the Windows partition to 8 or downgrade 8 to 7? In all of these you have to know what it will do to grub and how to fix it if it overwrites it, which I know will happen in the latter examples. No idea what will happen in the reclaiming the Linux partition example; it could go fine, it could break grub, I don't know.

Which is kind of my point. Separate drives/separate MBR's this is a non issue. All you have to do is make sure that only the target drive is plugged in when installing/upgrading operating systems.
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In the case of new users too many options just makes things more difficult than they need to be wink.gif
post #19 of 32
Everyone gets it Shrak. You don't like my opinion. rolleyes.gif
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Everyone gets it Shrak. You don't like my opinion. rolleyes.gif

I never said I don't like it.

Fact of the matter is if grub messes up either way and you still want to use Linux ( assuming you go your way ) you'd still have to fix grub. If it messes up on a single drive dual boot, you'd also still have to fix it. But the chances of grub messing up from daily usage is slim to non. If he wants pure Windows back it's a simply boot of the windows cd and 3 commands to be completely free and rid of any traces of Linux. If he updates Windows and it rewrites the mbr then it's a simple grub-install grub-update from a live disk. And any other situation is virtually just as easy.

It's not whether I like the opinion or not, it's simply more headache for the op to have more options than he's use to. He wants a straight up in your face guide on how to do something, he doesn't want options.
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