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Old 07-22-2007, 09:36 PM   #1
steve-in-kville
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Partition my HD, or install a second??


I've been designing my next computer for a dual boot system. I've read of installing a second hard drive just for Linux or partitioning the original HD. I have a few application that must run under an XP OS.

What are the general thoughts on this? Not afraid to spend a few bucks for the second drive.

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Old 07-22-2007, 09:45 PM   #2
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Well, if you know more or less what you're doing, installing both to one disk isn't any trickier than assigning one drive to each. I currently have no less than eight OSes (on four disks) and I haven't had any issues whatsoever. One member on this site, Saikee, even managed to install 100+ distributions to only two disks.

Still, if you can afford a second drive, why not get one anyway? Hard drives sometimes die and having a spare one - preferably with back-ups from the other one - can be a life-saver. Personally, I'd rather get two smaller ones than one big one.
 
Old 07-22-2007, 09:51 PM   #3
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I'll AOL jay73. If it was purely a case of 'no money' then you'd have to go for a single drive which, as jay73 says, isn't difficult - but otherwise, why not go for bigger better faster more?
 
Old 07-22-2007, 10:11 PM   #4
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Thanks for the fast replies. I just had an older laptop partitioned from W2000 to allow Mepis to be installed. I have a home PC that I'd like to add a drive to, one for Fedora and the original on XP.

My dream machine is a newer laptop, one drive for XP and the other for whatever Linux OS I go with. Can another HD even fit in a laptop?

steve
 
Old 07-22-2007, 10:45 PM   #5
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Laptops are usually too compact to house a second HD. As an alternative, you can use an external HD.
 
Old 07-23-2007, 03:32 AM   #6
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USB External hard-drives can sometimes be a pain to get a GNU/Linux distribution to run from, and it only works if the BIOS supports booting from a USB.

It's easier to partition the disk, IMO.
 
  


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