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I don't like to partition drives and make dual-boot machines. Is there any reason (I can't think of one) why I can't install a second hdd, make my bios settings manual for hdd detection, and install Linux on the second drive? This would allow me to choose which drive to boot from, and to ignore the other drive. In other words, could this allow me to dual boot without putting 2 os's on the same drive?

Anyone try this before?
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I do it with XP and Vista. No problems with any OS.

The BIOS defaults to my Raptors for Vista. When I want XP, I have to hit ESC during POST and select to boot from my Maxtor HD.
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I do it with XP and Vista. No problems with any OS.
Good to know rather than "be pretty sure." If I buy another WD250GB, will my performance be better doing that, or setting them up in RAID and partitioning?
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Good to know rather than "be pretty sure." If I buy another WD250GB, will my performance be better doing that, or setting them up in RAID and partitioning?
RAID0 with OS partitions would definitely provide better performance. I do since I have a 2xRAID0 and spare backup HD.
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My one concern is the efficiency...I'll need to get back into Linux a bit before trying this. Back in the day, Linux performance was greatly diminished running in a Windows format partition.
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I just had that going, it's as easy as you said. Just change the bios setting back and forth and you're good to go. I used Ubuntu on my 30GB IDE, and XP Pro on my 80GB SATA
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You can format one drive for linux (ext3) and install linux to that drive, and format one for XP or whatever (ntfs), and then switch the boot drive in BIOS at each startup. Then if you had some more $$$ you could raid0 each of those buy doubling up the drives.
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Why not just get a cheap cheap used HD for Linux?
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Why not just get a cheap cheap used HD for Linux?
I actually have one, but it is attached to its own machine. I plan to turn that into a Linux firewall, to protect my disease-prone Windows system. If I could have a way to set up linux on my main box separate from windows without sacrificing performance with either, I'd do it.
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I actually have one, but it is attached to its own machine. I plan to turn that into a Linux firewall, to protect my disease-prone Windows system. If I could have a way to set up linux on my main box separate from windows without sacrificing performance with either, I'd do it.
Just grab another one for $15-20 shipped off eBay. You just need like a 20-40GB drive.
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