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[opensuse] Installing multiple operating systems on same HDD
I don't want to use VirtualBox or VMWare. I have a 1TB HDD which is crammed full of empty and unused space. I want to put this space to some use by playing around with more than one systems and distros.

I have created (for now) following partitions on this HDD (sda):

sda2 Extended partition
sda6 swap
sda7 (For oS 12.1)
sda8 (For os 12.1 - just for the heck of it)

Now, XP of course has its boot sitting in MBR and GRUB in openSUSE 12.2 is using Extended Partition to boot.

Before I go and install oS 12.1 in sda7 I would like to know where do I tell GRUB to boot from - extended partition, just like oS 12.2, or do I use the 12.1 "/" entry for Grub's configuration? If I use the Extended Partition will it overwrite whatever is there for the 12.2 installation?

I am asking because I don't want to spend hours recovering my 12.2 system if I mess the setup in Grub for 12.1. I've looked around but cannot find an unambiguous description of what to use for the 12.1 Grub except that one should not use the MBR (and not only because XP is installed).

All help would be greatly appreciated, thank you.


Using openSUSE 12.2 x86_64 KDE 4.8.4 & kernel 3.5.1-1 on a system with-
AMD FX 8-core 3.6/4.2GHz processor
16GB PC14900/1866MHz Quad Channel Corsair "Vengeance" RAM
Gigabyte AMD3+ m/board; Gigabyte nVidia GTX550Ti 1GB DDR5 GPU

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