I’m again posting in this thread to possibly help future users get the ball rolling in a straightforward manner on installing Kolibri to the hard drive (or more technically booting it from hd instead of external storage. Remembering that Kolibri itself is a ram disk image OS and doesn’t technically run on the hard drive in the way a fully native OS would.)
Success! I have a hard drive based boot after several days of tinkering. In the next day or two, I will make a Youtube video on my channel and share the link here. The Grub instructions on the wiki work, the documentation for DOS did not.
Despite how much I tried, it just wouldn’t work for me on FreeDOS, and I really wanted it to because I rather like FreeDOS. Secondly, trying to go the grub2/linux route with Fedora was simply a mistake for me. I am not particularly experienced with grub but the “update-grub” command doesn’t exist under Fedora, and using the menu entries as detailed on the Kolobri wiki (with correct partition information of course) just wouldn’t even show up in grub after running it’s grub2-mkconfig which is what Fedora’s documentation said to do. No clue. I made the same entries on Debian’s grub2 and it worked fine.
And there it is. I installed Debian 10 (actual Debian, not Ubuntu) made a separate partition during the initial Debian install for fat32, copied the image and the entire Kolibri CD there, made the appropriate entries for Grub, changed the bootloader defaults, and now when I fire up my tower, it feels like a native OS. I barely even see the flicker of the Grub boot menu, my system just fires right into Kolibri.
I will explain everything a user needs to know (after detailing my particular system) from scratch once I get the time to make the video.
For giggles I tried to boot Kolibri on a Macbook and it got to the blue screen and froze dead