USB hard drive partitioning layout difficulty
So, I have a new 500GB external hard drive, and I was posting to clarify that the things I was about to do to it weren't going to cause me any pain. The hard drive, as it is now, has the following in it:
50MB - BootMagic, 5GB - Fedora, 6GB - Linux (I havn't decided)
460GB - Data, 6GB - Windows in that order.
Data is the only partition that has anything on it *edit
It's only after formatting it as such, that I realized that:
- My data must be in the first 2GB, as that is the only way my Xbox 360 can detect the movies on it.
- Windows must be in the first 2GB, or else it won't allow me to install (I believe this is true, as I tried installing it and it wouldn't let me.)
So, I was considering the following, and me, not knowing much about MBR's and such, need your help to determine if it will work.
1. Delete "Windows"
2. Make "Fedora" and "Linux" become "Windows"
3. Install Windows
4. Make empty space at the back, and create "Fedora" and "Linux" back there.
5. Move "Windows" to the back. - as per my knowledge, this should screw up the MBR, making it unbootable at this point.
6. Install Fedora and Linux - This should fix MBR, as GRUB will replace it, and it should be bootable, but only to the version of linux I install last. (right?)
7. Install Boot Magic on Boot Magic, through the version of Linux that GRUB lets me boot to.
Will this work? Can I make it so that I can use just GRUB to boot to all OS's, and not have boot magic? If you know anything else related to the MBR and what I'm trying to do that I've forgotten to ask, post that, too.