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smittycb10
Hello folks,
Looking for a little direction. I currently have a dual boot system with Windows 98 on one part and Suse 8.2 on anouther. On boot up I get to choose which system to boot to because Suse installed GRUB as a boot loader.

I wanted to get rid of Suse and install Mandrake 9.2, my question is do I need to delete the Suse distro first? Or will Mandrake simply write over everything in the Linux partition?

If I have to delete the old distro first should I use something like partition magic? Bearing in mind I need to keep the windows partition. Also what if I delete the Suse linux whats going to make the system boot to the correct part of the hard drive if GRUB is deleted.

Thanks for the help, who knows if Mandrake works out maybe I will be deleting that crummy old windows 98 partition!

Mark Smith
hughesjr
Mandrake will let you pick the current Linux partitions and format them while leaving the Windows partitions alone...
jetblackz
I wanted to get rid of Suse and install Mandrake 9.2, my question is do I need to delete the Suse distro first? - no

Or will Mandrake simply write over everything in the Linux partition? - yes

If I have to delete the old distro first should I use something like partition magic? - My advice: stick with one tool. If you use multiple, chances are some distros will complain about incorrect part. table.

Bearing in mind I need to keep the windows partition. Also what if I delete the Suse linux whats going to make the system boot to the correct part of the hard drive if GRUB is deleted. - Boot to 98, reboot to Dos

fdisk /mbr
Jim
What you want to do is just intall Mandrake. It will alow you to pick where to install it and if you want to delete the Suse partition and all the jazz. Than wile Mandrake is intalling it will install Lilo (like Grub but not) and that will alow you to boot to windows.

Pretty much all you need to do is back up your files from linux, pop in the mandrake CDs and pay attention when attention. When it gets to the part were it needs to pick where to install it go into advanced and you can see it all and set it all up yourself and never touch your windows drive.

Just make sure you back up your linux stuff because thats going to get writen over.
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