[nmglug] Questions About Dual Booting From A USB Drive
timothyemerick at yahoo.com
Tue Apr 5 12:29:30 PDT 2005
The Linux piece sounds pretty easy. I would suggest just installing a
Knoppix based distro as that will detect the different hardware settings and
Windows XP is a little more difficult because the key is based on hardware
installed on the individual machine. You could need as many as 3 separate
installations of WinXP (one for each PC)...that's assuming you're doing
The data partition I would definitely do Fat32. That will offer the most
interoperability between the linux os and the windows os.
Good luck! Sounds like a heck of a project.
--- "William D. Nystrom" <wdn at lanl.gov> wrote:
> I've ordered a 100 GB portable USB drive that I want to set up to dual
> boot both Windows XP and Linux. What is perhaps a little different about
> what I
> want to do is that I want to be able to dual boot my USB drive from either
> OS and also from 2-3 different machines. So, I'm thinking that for
> Windows, I will have a data partition that contains my personal files,
> data, etc and that I will then have a separate Windows partition for each
> machine. For
> Linux, I would plan to have a separate data partition as well and then have
> different partitions for each machine and Linux distro. Initially, I'm
> interested in trying Debian, Fedora Core 3 and perhaps Gentoo. I plan to
> start by getting this running with just one machine and add a second and
> possibly third machine sometime later. So, here are some of my questions:
> 1. I'm thinking I will probably need to do alot of partitioning and
> resizing of partitions. Is Partition Magic 8.0 the way to go here or are
> there better alternatives? I've used Partition Magic in the past but not
> at all recently. Reviews complain about poor technical support and
> about draconian key activation issues.
> 2. Would I start by installing Windows XP first or Linux first? Are
> there still limitations with Windows regarding the maximum cylinder on the
> hard drive which would dictate how I might do the partitioning? For
> should I use NTFS or FAT32?
> 3. Are there any issues with this plan that I have not thought of?
> Dave Nystrom
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