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I'm planning to build a new home computer next month that will be dual boot Windows XP and Linux. My linux experience so far is limited to playing with live CDs and installing Morphix on an old computer.
My question is this: would it be better to get two 80GB hard drives and install Linux on the second drive or should I get one 160GB drive and partion it as necessary?
I vaguely remember reading somewhere that there are fewer problems dual booting when Linux is on a separate hard drive but I don't know if this is true or not.
If it makes any difference I'm leaning towards Mepis as the Linux distro.
I would personally go with 2 drives but put swap on the XP drive to be nicer to your hdd's. (not reading/writing at the same time)
You can also unplug a drive if one of the OS's don't behave. But don't outlay too much money.