[Durham] dual boot install strategy and order
dougie at highmoor.co.uk
Tue Jan 26 20:03:18 UTC 2010
It's a long time since I've dual booted a PC. But I've ordered a bigger
hard drive for my laptop and expect it RSN. I will install XP and Ubuntu
Any thoughts on tactics? As I say, it's been a while, and I used to
hand-tune LILO to get things the way I wanted. Grub seems to be the
default boot loader installed so I'm inclined to stick with that.
I assume the order is:
1. Partition and format
2. Install OS 1
3. Install OS 2
I don't intend having separate file systems on separate partitions. I
think perhaps install XP first, then Ubuntu? Thoughts? How to partition.
XP install disk?
This all assumes that the new disk works! And if it does, I shall have a
spare 2.5" Fujitsu drive 80GB that may be looking for a new home.
(Though actually when I checked the location and ease of swapping the
disk out I couldn't believe how easy it was. I might even keep it as a
spare in case of disk failure or with another distro on it)
On another note I have an external USB hard drive formatted as EXT4.
Works great. I had wanted to format it VFAT but found that it choked on
a lot of linux file names (especially long photo names) and I couldn't
use tools such as rsync so I went with EXT4. It's a shame because it
means I can't read it Windows boxes. Or can I? Any utilities that might
do the magic?
can't make the feb meeting btw as I'm on holiday. Was I the only person
that turned up in December? How did Jan go? see you in March!
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