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Pros & Cons Of Dual Boot or Partition

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#1
This is just a simple thread that i created to get some info on the PROS & CONS on DUALBOOTING & PARTITIONS. Please Post Away :)
 

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#2
Cons: Having many partitions can hinder hard drive lifespan, (im not sure if thats true, can someone confirm?).

Pros: Having multiple os'es can make troubleshooting easier, and trying something that doesnt work with on OS you can try it on the other.

Con: Your bootmanager can get screwed up if u multiboot wrong.

Con: General multiboot sequence is as follows: older OSes first then later os'es, and linux you install last, this can lead to some trouble as people with vista, trying to dual boot with windows xp, can lead to some problems, but not all the time, you get less errors if u follow the sequence given.

Pros: Fun to learn

Con: Things can go wrong

Con: you have to defragment ur hdd before partitioning, to prevent data loss
 
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MilesAhead

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#3
Much of what you learn about how computers function involves the boot sequence. You should learn quite a bit. The thing that saved me more often than not is having access to the net to find the fix. If the only net access you have is the machine you just hosed, it's tougher to bail yourself out.

I've played around with multiboot a few times over the years, but the real insane experts hang over at BootLand

Just about anything you could possibly want to know about a computer and booting, you can find at least the starting point on that site.
 

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#4
thanks guys.
That bootland site is amazing they really know what their talking about!
 

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    Core 2 Quad Q6700 (K) 2.66 GHz - 1066 MHz front side bus
    Motherboard
    Manufacturer: Asus, Motherboard Name: IPIBL-LB,P/Compaq moth
    Memory
    4 GB - 240 pin, DDR2 SDRAM
    Graphics Card(s)
    GeForce 9500 GS
    Sound Card
    Integrated High Definition audio -Realtek ALC 888S chipset
    Monitor(s) Displays
    42'' V/MAX + 20'' Samsung
    Screen Resolution
    1080p
    Hard Drives
    750 GB SATA 3G (3.0 Gb/sec)
    7200 rpm
    PSU
    350W
    Internet Speed
    54 mbps
    Other Info
    ALWAYS HAVE PROBLEMS! :'(

patio

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#5
Cons: Having many partitions can hinder hard drive lifespan, (im not sure if thats true, can someone confirm?).
False.
 

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garysgold

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#6
I like having a second OS installed so if the first one tanks or if I need to backup AppData or other files normally in use, for a reinstall, I can do it unhampered from the second OS. When we finally get some Win 8 bits to play with, it will go in that space. I generally try new software in a Virtual Machine.
 

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Bare Foot Kid

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Much of what you learn about how computers function involves the boot sequence. You should learn quite a bit. The thing that saved me more often than not is having access to the net to find the fix. If the only net access you have is the machine you just hosed, it's tougher to bail yourself out.

I've played around with multiboot a few times over the years, but the real insane experts hang over at BootLand

Just about anything you could possibly want to know about a computer and booting, you can find at least the starting point on that site.


Thanks MA, I may have a look at that site. :shock:
 

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MilesAhead

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#8
You're welcome. My favorite thing I found there so far.. using a USB key just like a Linux boot diskette, only you get the Windows boot manager(like if your MBR got hosed the USB key would load the Windows OS off your HD like Linux.) If you are multi-booting say W7 and XP or whatever, when you boot from the USB key you get the same boot menu. A pretty cute USB trick.

Just like the Linux boot diskette, it's tied to the particular machine and HD you made it from. Still, might be good thing to stick on a $5 bought on sale USB key just for the hell of it.

(btw thanks for the rep)


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    Monitor(s) Displays
    CRT
    Screen Resolution
    1280x1024
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    750 GB SATA 3G
    2 SIIG Superspeed docks w/WD Caviar Black Sata II or III

Bare Foot Kid

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You're welcome. My favorite thing I found there so far.. using a USB key just like a Linux boot diskette, only you get the Windows boot manager(like if your MBR got hosed the USB key would load the Windows OS off your HD like Linux.) If you are multi-booting say W7 and XP or whatever, when you boot from the USB key you get the same boot menu. A pretty cute USB trick.

Just like the Linux boot diskette, it's tied to the particular machine and HD you made it from. Still, might be good thing to stick on a $5 bought on sale USB key just for the hell of it.

(btw thanks for the rep)


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Thanks for the info! ;)
 

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  • Manufacturer/Model
    * BFK Customs *
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    Intel C2Q 9550 Yorkfield
    Motherboard
    ASUS P5Q Pro
    Memory
    8GB Dominator 8500C5D
    Graphics Card(s)
    XFX ATI 1GB 4870 XXX
    Sound Card
    Realtek HD 7-1
    Monitor(s) Displays
    1x 47" LCD HDMI & 2x 26" LCD HDMI
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080P & 1920x1200
    Hard Drives
    2x 500GB 7200RPM 32MB Cache WD Caviar Black
    PSU
    Corsair 620HX
    Case
    CM Cosmos RC-1000
    Cooling
    Tuniq Tower 120, 2x 140mm and 3x 120mm case fans
    Mouse
    Razer Diamondback 3G
    Keyboard
    HP Enhansed Multimedia
    Internet Speed
    18.6Mb/s
    Other Info
    My First Build ;)
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My Computer

System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    Hp pavillion a6110n
    CPU
    amd athlon 64 x2 live! 4400+
    Memory
    4 gigs 3.3 useable
    Graphics Card(s)
    Finally! SAPPHIRE 100283L Radeon HD 5770 (Juniper XT) 1GB 12
    Monitor(s) Displays
    generic pnp monitor
    Screen Resolution
    1280x1024
    Hard Drives
    7.2k rpm
    1 linux ubuntu partition
    1 vista partition
    1recovery partition
    1 windows 7 partition
    1linux swap partition
    PSU
    500W, antc earthwatts EA500
    Case
    normal black case
    Cooling
    fans
    Mouse
    logitech mouse (small to fit hand perfectly)
    Keyboard
    saitek cyborg gaming keyboard
    Internet Speed
    dsl
    Other Info
    2.3 ghz amd

patio

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    EVGA 8800GTS Vid Card
    Hard Drives
    500G Seagate SATA
    200G Seagate SATA
    100G WD Caviar SATA
    80G WD Caviar IDE
    PSU
    OCZ Elite 800W PSU
    Case
    RaidMax Smilodon Case
    Other Info
    Lite-On dual layer DVD burner X 2
    Dos 6.2;Win2K;XP; &
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