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Dual Booting From A Usb External Drive. Answered

Ok well today I got my Hard drive enclosure and I rammed a Hdd in it and I have already put one Operating system on it but I would Like to Dual boot from it . Is this possible and How.

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NachoMahma
NachoMahma

12 years ago

. If you are going to dual (and especially tri) boot, then you need to give careful consideration to your partitioning scheme. . I like to use at least 20GB (8GB is the absolute minimum, IMNSHO) for WinXP with a large partition for data files. If you install a lot of big apps, you may want to go to 30GB or more. I change My Documents, and all apps that allow me to, to point to the data partition. That way, if WinXP has to be re-installed, my data is still there. . Most of the newer versions of Linux will handle NTFS out-of-the-box (or an easy tweak), so you can use the same data partition - just mount it. That way you can make the Linux OS partitions smaller. . Unless you have an app to repartition w/o losing data, you'll probably be better off wiping the HDD, partition, install WinXP first (as per LinuxH4x0r; I've heard the same thing about XP "losing" previously installed OSs) and then your Linux(es). . . In addition to that, your BIOS must be capable of booting from USB. Poke around in your BIOS setup and look for something like "boot devices" where you can set it to boot from USB.

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LinuxH4x0r
LinuxH4x0r

Reply 12 years ago

Ok, 10g for m$ xp, another 10 for each linux, and whatever is left divided into M$ programs and documents

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zachninme
zachninme

Reply 12 years ago

Also, if you're going for a lot of installs, make sure to plan your extended partitions ahead of time! I've run into some probelms where I ran out of possible partitions, and had to wipe 1. (Then I created an ext. and copied others in)

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littlechef37
littlechef37

Reply 12 years ago

OK i got my computer to bott from usb....that all works....(did that awhile ago.....but when I install the Os's It will automaticly ask me witch one to boot ?

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littlechef37
littlechef37

Reply 12 years ago

and can I just use the partioning tool in windows xp?

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NachoMahma
NachoMahma

Reply 12 years ago

. What I would do is: . Use XP to make four partitions; one for WinXP (~20-30GB), one for Linux#1 (~20-30GB), one for Linux#2 (~20-30GB), and the remainder of the disk for data. Install XP and format the data partition as NTFS. Install Linuxes. Linux should be able to repartition Linux#1 and Linux#2 during the install. . I've never actually done this, so verify before proceeding.

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littlechef37
littlechef37

Reply 12 years ago

... I got enough computers to screw around on .... LOL

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NachoMahma
NachoMahma

Reply 12 years ago

. IIRC, Linux installs the GRUB boot-loader, which allows you to choose which OS you boot into.

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LinuxH4x0r
LinuxH4x0r

12 years ago

You need to partition it first. After that it should be easy, just do xp first (it has a habit of erasing other OSes

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littlechef37
littlechef37

Reply 12 years ago

GRR MICROSOFT.... I olny want windows so I can run flight sim

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LinuxH4x0r
LinuxH4x0r

Reply 12 years ago

There is a flight sim for linux (but my computer is too old to run it) Yeah, xp is handy to have, but I wouldn't use it as my main os

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littlechef37
littlechef37

Reply 12 years ago

Hmm well screw windows I wanna boot slax and ubuntu then..... Is it free ? ....I doubt it

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littlechef37
littlechef37

Reply 12 years ago

I mean is flight sim for linux free... I still doubt it

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LinuxH4x0r
LinuxH4x0r

Reply 12 years ago

It is! (but its not as good)

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littlechef37
littlechef37

Reply 12 years ago

Can you send me the link ?

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littlechef37
littlechef37

Reply 12 years ago

I think its called FLIGHT GEAR but I could be wrong

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zachninme
zachninme

Reply 12 years ago

Yeah, its flightgear. You can install it via add/remove programs on ubuntu. The package is "flightgear" if you prefer apt-get...

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littlechef37
littlechef37

12 years ago

hmm maybe slax and ubunutu... but I would like xp just for compatibility......