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anilp 01-23-2011 11:22 AM

need recommendations for external hard drive to backup dual boot (Win XP + ubuntu)
 
I need recommendations for an external hard drive to backup a dual boot (Win Vista/XP + ubuntu) laptop, and also another Win7 desktop.
I want to spend approx $100. I looked at Western Digital and Seagate, but do not know enough to decide whether they can be used to backup a dual boot system. (http://www.samsclub.com/sams/shop/ca...equestid=13582)
Your suggestions appreciated.

repo 01-23-2011 11:26 AM

Every HD can be used to backup your data.
Just create 2 partitions, one for windows and one for linux, and backup your drives.

Kind regards

anilp 01-23-2011 11:41 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by repo (Post 4235038)
Every HD can be used to backup your data.
Just create 2 partitions, one for windows and one for linux, and backup your drives.

Kind regards

Thanks for replying.
What software should I use to partition it? (I read in a few reviews that the software that comes with both WD and Seagate hard drives is for Windows backup - not sure if they can create partitions).

repo 01-23-2011 11:45 AM

Take a look at
http://gparted.sourceforge.net/
Make sure the first partition is the windows partition, since it seems windows doesn't recognize
the second partition, if the first is linux.

Kind regards

FredGSanford 01-23-2011 12:37 PM

I've used my 4 year old WD external drive to backup Linux & Windows. I use Win NTFS format, since Win can't see Linux ext formats. Just be sure linux have read/write access to the drive is you decide to try it.

anilp 01-23-2011 01:00 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by repo (Post 4235057)
Take a look at
http://gparted.sourceforge.net/
Make sure the first partition is the windows partition, since it seems windows doesn't recognize
the second partition, if the first is linux.

Kind regards

Alright from your posts, I shall create the following 3 partitions using Gparted: Win7 (for desktop backup), WinVista (for laptop Win partition), Linux(for laptop Ubuntu partition). From Fred's post, I should use Win NTFS format.
Thanks!


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