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I am considering dual booting Windows Vista and Mint 6 but i need help figuring out what "setup" is best.

I will have 2 hard drives 500GB each and i need to know if it is better to have one hard drive per OS and its files or one smaller hard drive for the OS's and a big shared one for ALL the other files (games, vids, music...) Btw hard drives will be NTFS format and i only intend to use windows for gaming.

Yea, this will be my first time dual booting and my first time with linux but i'm ready .

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Lumpiia
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i dual boot, but i have windows on my 320gb and linux on my 1tb. I used windows to create a 100gb partition, and then formated the rest ( I used the installation CD to do this) and then installed fedora on the 100gb partition. Linux will read NFTS files well but windows chooses to pretend that linux simply doesn't exist. So you storage should be on a windows formated drive. Splitting them between the two drives is easier because then you can set which drive to boot in the bios rather then having to select which OS to boot at every restart.
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i dual boot, but i have windows on my 320gb and linux on my 1tb. I used windows to create a 100gb partition, and then formated the rest ( I used the installation CD to do this) and then installed fedora on the 100gb partition. Linux will read NFTS files well but windows chooses to pretend that linux simply doesn't exist. So you storage should be on a windows formated drive. Splitting them between the two drives is easier because then you can set which drive to boot in the bios rather then having to select which OS to boot at every restart.
oops forgot to mention that i only intend to use windows for gaming. would this stil be an ideal "setup"?
    
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IMO, it is best to have all OS and software in one physical drive and data in a different one.

What I had is Vista, Linux (Ubuntu 8.10) and Windows 7 on 3 different partitions in my HDD.

When I upgraded to a RAID0 for my OS, I didn't even had to touch my data HDD, nor restore backup or nothing

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The ideal set up is to give linux a small partition and then format everything else with windows. Reason being linux can copy and take files from windows but windows won't take them from linux. At least that has been my experience. Linux doesn't take that much data anyways, while gaming does.
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The ideal set up is to give linux a small partition and then format everything else with windows. Reason being linux can copy and take files from windows but windows won't take them from linux. At least that has been my experience. Linux doesn't take that much data anyways, while gaming does.
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IMO, it is best to have all OS and software in one physical drive and data in a different one.

What I had is Vista, Linux (Ubuntu 8.10) and Windows 7 on 3 different partitions in my HDD.

When I upgraded to a RAID0 for my OS, I didn't even had to touch my data HDD, nor restore backup or nothing

Congratulations and good luck!
So you basicly have your OS hard drive just sit and all your stuff goes on the other ones because all the other OS can read from the other hard drives correct?
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I am considering dual booting Windows Vista and Mint 6 but i need help figuring out what "setup" is best.


I will have 2 hard drives 500GB each and i need to know if it is better to have one hard drive per OS and its files or one smaller hard drive for the OS's and a big shared one for ALL the other files (games, vids, music...) Btw hard drives will be NTFS format and i only intend to use windows for gaming.

Yea, this will be my first time dual booting and my first time with linux but i'm ready .

Regards,
Lumpiia
i agree with the logic of having OS's on one drive and data on another, but then having each os on it's own is another method that works well as i personally prefer to not stack my deck against me if the OS drive dies... i'd give windows 1 500GB drive, and then on the other maybe reserve about 100gb's for linux and then format the other drive into NTFS. (the linux area will probably have to be ext3 and windows cannot read that natively unless you install something like this). then that way you have at least 400 gb's for data and the rest of your windows install drive for data and games.

best would be if you can get a small 80/160gb drive and then install linux on there tbh. or run it in a VM like virtualbox or something. i've put linux on the 160gb drive in my sig and the 640gb drive in ntfs for both drives to read and i have all my music, movies, etc there. when you install, just use the disk partitioner there. it's pretty useful and effective.

enjoy Mint

just, make sure you have windows installed first. else you could be in for a messy situation re bootloaders.
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So you basicly have your OS hard drive just sit and all your stuff goes on the other ones because all the other OS can read from the other hard drives correct?
That's absolutely right. Any Operating System you have installed on HDD1 (OS&Programs) can read from HDD2 (data).

Important things to consider:
  • It is recommended that you set your default document folders into the data drive, so you don't save (without knowing) data on your HDD1 and unintentionally leave it there if you reformat it.
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