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errrr, not really sure where to put this. I put it here because i have a intel motherboard and that might have something to do with it???

anyways... I have Vista Ult. and XP Pro... i have a 80gb sata drive... and i want to dual boot both OS's on this one hdd...

Would it be better to...

A.) boot the XP install disk, then partition the drive for lets say in half. Giving exactly half the drive to one os and the other half to the other OS. Then after repartitioning the drive with the xp disk, install XP to the C: drive, then after thats done, install Vista?

B.) do the same thing but with the Vista disk first?

C.) other ideas?
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I would not suggest this at all. Window Vista is firstly very big. And usually I would think partitioning too much onto same hard disk is like a suicide for a hard drive, or that could be me.

I would suggest to get two hard drives and partition one XP and one VISTA instead.
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yeah... i know having two separate drives is the way to go, but this is something i was looking into for my laptop... I guess i could just carry around 2 separate hdds... But thats lame...
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^ I agree. Is it necessary to have two bootable partitions though?

And if it's for a laptop, I especially do not suggest this because laptops do not last very long, roughly around 2 years, they will start piling with problems, especially with boot up and loading.
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alright.... I'll just deal with the Vista crap... I was hoping to have a XP Pro install to fall back on when Vista takes a dump...
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Dual Boot, I do it on 1 HDD.

Do you have 2gigs of ram with the lappy?
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^ I agree. Is it necessary to have two bootable partitions though?

And if it's for a laptop, I especially do not suggest this because laptops do not last very long, roughly around 2 years, they will start piling with problems, especially with boot up and loading.
I am not sure where you got your opinion of dual boot from but there is nothing "suicidal" about partioning a HDD. That's what partions are for--to create "Virtual disks" on a single disk or array of disks. In fact partitioning your HD before loading the OS is an often overlooked performance tweak that will almost guarantee you afaster desktop. The only time two HDDs are really a plus is wjhen you want to use one of them for a swap file. Haveing a seperate HDD is nice but if you don't there is no reason not two make as many as three primary partitions and 5 logical partions per primary partions.

Although Windows does not make this a real option for you several utilities (like Partition Commander or Norton Ghost) that allow you to access the disk or disks and make partions and then assign then boot status or even make them invisible from Windows (ideal is you have a Linux install for triple boot )

Please try it out--it's fairly easy.

When you install Vista after XP Vista writes a BRUB to the MBR so that when you first star the PC after POST you have the option of choosing either Vista or the Earlier install.

I have not tried installing XP after Vista yet.
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I am not sure where you got your opinion of dual boot from but there is nothing "suicidal" about partioning a HDD. That's what partions are for--to create "Virtual disks" on a single disk or array of disks. In fact partitioning your HD before loading the OS is an often overlooked performance tweak that will almost guarantee you afaster desktop. The only time two HDDs are really a plus is wjhen you want to use one of them for a swap file. Haveing a seperate HDD is nice but if you don't there is no reason not two make as many as three primary partitions and 5 logical partions per primary partions.

Although Windows does not make this a real option for you several utilities (like Partition Commander or Norton Ghost) that allow you to access the disk or disks and make partions and then assign then boot status or even make them invisible from Windows (ideal is you have a Linux install for triple boot )

Please try it out--it's fairly easy.

When you install Vista after XP Vista writes a BRUB to the MBR so that when you first star the PC after POST you have the option of choosing either Vista or the Earlier install.

I have not tried installing XP after Vista yet.
Working for me just fine. Good luck.
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^ Usually it would run too much of the hard drive, but maybe that was back in the days.

I see. Thanks for the note.
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there is no "suicide"...just sacrifice...LOL
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