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July 16, 2011

Linux & Windows Dual boot partitioning question.


I have a question that will hopefully speed up my process of getting my new net-book setup. Due to swap space being a lot faster the closer it is to the front, I started putting the swap partition first, then installing the linux OS, which alone has increased my speed and made my linux operating systems (Ubuntu and Fedora) run much faster and smoother.

This is all fine and dandy, but since I have a dual boot system, I then install windows 7 and come up with the problem i'm sure all you linux gurus are predicting I am about to say, windows wipes out grub from the mbr and Linux appears to be gone, and all I have is windows.

So then I have to re-install linux over the previous partition to have grub loaded once again into the mbr file.

The reason I have been doing it this way, is to make sure my swap space partition is first on my hard drive so that it is used at it's best ability.

Is there a easier way to skip this third step, by simply loading grub again on it's own? I'm sure there is a easier way to do this, and even tho this way is working for me, it is very time consuming.

Suggestions please.

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