1584: Installing Linux on a Machine Where There Is Acronis OS Selector

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Last update: 21-12-2010

How to install Linux on the system with Acronis OS Selector


Installing Linux boils down to the choice where the Linux loader should be installed: to MBR or to the boot sector of the partition.


Acronis OS Selector does not substitute a Linux loader, so it is better to install a Linux loader (usually GRUB or LILO) to the boot sector of the partition you plan to install Linux proper to.

To install GRUB you will usually need to issue the following command:

grub-install /dev/sdX Y

  • where X is the partition letter as detected by the Linux kernel;
  • Y is the disk number.

For example, the following command will install GRUB to the MBR of partition A of disk 1:

grub-install /dev/sda 1

See Having Acronis Startup Recovery Manager and GRUB or LILO at the Same Time.

More information

If you install a Linux loader (GRUB or LILO) directly to MBR, then the Acronis OS Selector MBR is erased. You will need to boot from Acronis OS Selector bootable media and select the "Activate" option to reclaim the situation.