June 27, 2014

Dual Boot vs Single Boot

Right now I am checking out many of the distro's. To see which one I want to work with. But I am not sure if it is best to use the double boot method. Or because I have an extra hard drive. And I should install onto the stand alone internal hard drive. I also have the ability to add up to two or three hard drives If I should ever need them. Could somebody please direct me to which method would be better. And how to do either method.

To try out different distributions I would use run a virtual PC. I use...

To try out different distributions I would use run a virtual PC. I use Virtualbox, it is free and with the guest add-ons I can access USB drives etc...
https://www.virtualbox.org/
Once I have found what I like I would run that, Dual boot is a pain in my opinion. With a virtual machine I have access to whatever I need without a reboot. I have a Windows 7 VM on this computer, although I have not loaded it in a long time.

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You can setup a dualboot system by installing two operating systems on one...

You can setup a dualboot system by installing two operating systems on one drive or install both OSes on separate hard drives. The Grub bootloader scans for any OSes installed on your system, regardless of the number of hard drives you have. Once Grub finds additional OSes, it then makes entries for each of them in the Grub boot menu. You can then select which one you want to boot.

Another way, is to install an OS on its own hard drive and select that hard drive to boot in your system's bios. A process of booting an OS by selection of the hard drive. The choice is up to you.

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I would install linux on the extra hard drive. Creating a dual boot system...

I would install linux on the extra hard drive. Creating a dual boot system is easy and is a perfectly fine option too if you have plenty of unused space on the hard drive to accommodate another operating system and files you want on it.

When you are running a live session via USB flash drive or CD/DVD, most distros have an install icon on the desktop. When you click on this, the Ubuntu based distros give you the option of creating a dual boot system or to use the entire hard drive for the linux distro you are running. It's very easy. I personally don't know much about how easy it is to do this with non-Ubuntu based distros.

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