Originally Posted by noobee
Oh okay, sorry about that.
I thought if there is any issue with the drive based on this configuration, maybe it would be stated?
You are right, that is what I was thinking - it will be easier to maintain whenever re-installing a new OS or diagnosing any issue that has an influence or effect on the boot-up or when booting.
But, I was wondering if one 500GB SSD might be a better performer than either 250GB version so everything would be faster. I don't have to switch drives (which will take a bit extra time) and the overall performance would be better to some extent? OTOH, there's more potential for some bootup problems maintaining different operating systems and having two different bootloaders on the same drive (but, same as usual). One configuration offers convenience and less worry whereas the other offers more speed and one less drive to mount.
Do you mean you would have to physically switch drives? I wouldn't want to do that. It just sounds stupid to me compared to a boot menu. If you can have both drives installed in the ITX case, it should just be hitting F12 or something to get to the BIOS boot menu. That sounds nice enough to me.
Handling Windows and Linux on a single drive isn't too hard. Third party partition management software like MiniTool Partition Wizard can deal with both NTFS and EXT4 etc. so can resize Linux just fine. Those tools can also move partitions around which the Windows Disk Management can't do.
Installing Windows and Linux without tools like that is also easy. You can for example first install Windows. After that, you shrink the Windows partition or the last NTFS partition for data you created on the drive. In the newly create empty space at the end of the drive, you'll install your Linux distribution.
You can also do that in a reversed order.
Reinstalling Windows or Linux is also easy. You simply delete all their partitions and boot their installation media and use the empty space as target.
Fixing up the boot loaders and boot manager takes some research. Good luck with that.
Also, if you don't yet know how the new UEFI stuff works, you'll have to read up on that. It's very different from the past MBR. I don't know what's easier to handle, but both things work. I bet MBR has the better tools to deal with the boot manager and stuff. UEFI uses a tiny FAT32 formatted partition for boot loaders. UEFI can be neat as it's actually possible to have multiple boot loaders on the drive which will all show up in the boot menu of the UEFI BIOS. That means you can theoretically simply not deal with setting up the boot manager at all and just use the UEFI BIOS menu. No idea if that's just with my UEFI BIOS board and different on other boards.
Another new thing to look out for is that Windows 8 creates a lot of strange partitions on the drive when using UEFI. Because of that, its installation program needs to have empty space to work with on the drive. With MBR in the past, you could manually create NTFS partitions and use those. I didn't use Windows 7 with UEFI so can't say what that wants to do on an UEFI system.