How to Triple Boot Win 7, PCBSD and Linux using EasyBCD
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I answered my own question. I have been up all night reading and gathered enough information to try the triple boot out. I'm going to change the title to reflect the new direction of this thread. Mods feel free to move this if you want to.
I installed Windows 7, Simply Mepis (Linux) and Isotope and set up a " It's so easy a caveman could do it" triple boot using EasyBCD.
EasyBCD edits the boot loader of Windows 7 and lets you set up a boot loader for each system you have installed in a seperate partition. EasyBCD cannot load your OS's directly, so it points to your OS's own boot loader instead. When you boot up you will first see your EasyBCD boot screen, with your 2 (for dual) or 3 (for triple) boot options, Windows, Linux, and PC-BSD. Choose one and that OS's boot loader will load, letting you boot the OS.
Install Windows 7 first if it's not installed already. Next download and install EasyBCD. On first run of EasyBCD you should see your Entry for Windows 7 by default, If it's not there you need to add it before you install your other operating systems. After it's added, close the program and reboot to make sure your Windows loads. On boot you will see the boot loader with Windows 7 as the only option. After you confirm Windows will boot, you can now set up your other OS's on a partition of thier own. When installing do not tell the OS to install a boot loader into the MBR, tell the OS to install it's boot loader to Root of the system partition you are using for instalation. (I did not see this option in Isotope but EasyBCD was able to find Isotope's boot loader just fine and use it)
After all your OS's are installed boot back into Windows and open EasyBCD. Add an Entry for each of your OS's by choosng Add Entry, the partition it's installed on and the type of boot loader that it uses. These will be multiple choices you will find in a drop box. Once all your entries are added, your good to go!
If you do not have Windows installed and want to use EasyBCD you still can but you will have to obtain some files from Windows to do it. The EasyBCD website has these instructions in thier FAQ.
EasyBCD is free for personal use.
This will Not work if you install Hubble and Isotope together either on the same drive or on two different drives. The EasyBCD program does not know how to make a distintinction for two OS's running the same version of the PC-BSD boot loader it seems. Trying this will result in the first OS loading always. I have spoken to the folks at Easy BCD about this and they told me the problem should be corrected once Isotope is released in it's final stable version.
Last edited by DarkPhoenix; 08-21-2011 at 03:03 PM.