[nSLUG] Booting to new hard rive
draker at gmail.com
Sun Jun 29 21:23:16 ADT 2008
The active partition flag is used to toggle the bootable state of a
partition from the perspective of the original "DOS" Master Boot
Record. So if you install GRUB or LILO or anything else to a
partition, and keep the default MBR, you must set the partition
active. However (I believe) that bootloader can then load an OS from
any other partition known to the BIOS.
If a modern bootloader is installed on the MBR, then the active flag
is of no consequence.
ObDisclaimer: That's my understanding of the way it works; I haven't
read the spec or the source...
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