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SubjectRe: 2.6.x partition breakage and dual booting
> This is really very simple.  If you move a disk from a machine with a
> different BIOS and you preserve the partition table geometry, you will
> NEVER be able to install Windows on the drive. If you partition a
> blank drive and use the wrong geometry, you will NEVER be able to
> install Windows on the drive.

I don't quite believe this. AFAICT the Windows 2000/XP install program will
succeed no matter what, the only problem is with getting the dirty thing to
boot AFTER install has completed. If it craps out, boot off the install
CD to the repair console prompt, run fixboot/fixmbr and all should be swell.
If you need dual boot, you can go ahead and reinstall lilo/grub at this point.
The one scenario unfixable without a hex editor that I know of is installing
Windows on a partition that was created using mkdosfs -F 32 (and even that
will sometimes work).

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Tomas Szepe <szepe@pinerecords.com>
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