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zigzago 03-17-2005 02:30 PM

Two hard disks better for dual boot?

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.

Thanks in advance for any info.

titanium_geek 03-17-2005 02:53 PM

Yes. :)

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.


zigzago 03-17-2005 04:34 PM


Thanks for the reply.

Does a hard disk wear out sooner if it's reading and
writing at the same time?

I agree with your other comment - if one drive goes bad
you have the other one to fall back on.


syg00 03-17-2005 05:51 PM

Two drives - and make them different sizes.
That way you *KNOW* which one is being partitioned/formatted.

The less options you give yourself to screw up late at night the better :)

titanium_geek 03-17-2005 06:01 PM

about them wearing out sooner, it's hearsay, but better safe than sorry, eh?

good tip syg00

jon_k 03-18-2005 03:29 AM

In the end, it doesn't really matter though. All personal preference. The pc in the livingroom has Dualboot Win2k/SimplyMepis 2003 03

It works great with a few changes in the grub config, I was up and running!

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