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Old 05-29-2004, 09:03 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Can anyone tell me about dual boot. Just basic information: the pros and cons, how to do it, what to do it with, ect... I'm running Windows XP, if that makes a difference.

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Old 05-30-2004, 12:01 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Most often when people dual boot it is between a Windows OS and a Linux OS.

The pros are that if you like to run Linux but also like gaming you can use Windows for gaming and Linux for everything else.Also if if one OS corrupts itself(most likely Windows) you won't lose access to your data.Cons are that using another OS on a smaller hard drive can take up a lot of the drive's free space.

Since you've got Windows already if you were to install any major Linux distribution it would partition and format the drive automatically.
But I don't have a lot of experience manually partitioning hard drives so I'll leave that to someone else more knowledgeable in that field.
Hope this helps.

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Yes, if you dual boot Windows and a Linux OS, make sure the Windows OS is installed first, theres no other way. Linux shapes its partitions around windows this way, as the first reply said.

Get more abilities (function in other OS's)

Hard Drive Space (depending on how it is partitioned, can be a major loss.)
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