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    Question Disk Config for Dual Boot?

    I am building a new PC from scratch and want to dual boot XP and Ubuntu. I have two 1TB drives. I was planning to run RAID 1, whereby one drive would mirror the other drive, and install XP, Ubuntu, and all data on the single drive. Now Iím thinking maybe I should reserve the 1TB drive for data and install two smaller drives, one to hold XP and one to hold Ubuntu and their respective programs. In this latter config, the OS and programs would not be mirrored. Iím new to dual booting and linux. I was hoping someone could give me some advice on the best way to configure everything.

    Thanks in advance.

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    SuperMod (Back again) devils casper's Avatar
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    Jun 2006
    Chandigarh, India
    Hi and Welcome !

    Dual boot setup is very easy. Set Ubuntu Hard disk as Primary Master through Cable Select or jumper settings. Ubuntu installer will detect Windows OS installed in other disk and setup dual boot itself.
    Ubuntu supports NTFS read/write access. You will have full access in all hard disks. Windows OS doesn't recognize Linux file systems but there are a few tools avialable to enable that too.

    Just set Ubuntu Hard disk as Primary Master and you are good to go.
    It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.
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    Linux Engineer b2bwild's Avatar
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    Jul 2008
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    Putting 2 O/Ss on two drives is always a great option.
    but Putting all the data on Huge drives using NTFS is not a great idea
    NTFS suffers from fragmentation and needs regular check ups for better performance.
    If you are going to use NTFS, Just refer this GUIDE once

    I got very good results from it.

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