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Nice Guy

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#1 11 years ago

hi. i've got this suse linux 10.1 and windows xp pro x64 and i want to put both on the same machine.

now, i've heard that linux & windows dont like each other very much, meaning its better to have them on separate disks or even better, separate computers in separate rooms in separate houses in separate cities... now, is it really impossible to run windows and linux on the same disk normally? if its possible then please tell me the best way to do it...

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Mr. Burger

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#2 11 years ago

You can have both on the same disk, but they will sit on two different partitions.

To choose between which OS to boot, there are boot loaders such as GRUB or Lilo. It's fairly easy to change the default OS to boot, and how many seconds after it times out and chooses the default.

Install Windows first. In the setup, make an NTFS partition and an unformatted partition (however big you want your Linux partition to be).

Afterwards, install SUSE, and it should detect the unformatted partition and ask you if you want to install there.

If you will use both OSs a lot, it may be a good idea to have a third partition (FAT32) to store all your media files and documents. FAT32 is good because Linux can write to that. It can't write to NTFS, only read. (I think!)




Nice Guy

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#3 11 years ago

alright, thx i'll try to install now.




wee_menphis

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#4 11 years ago

Recently there has been a break through and Linux can now write to an NTFS drive! However it is still in beta stages and can be abit unstable.

Heres a tutorial on the ubuntu forums for intalling ntfs-3g: http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=217009

The FAT32 partition is alot less hassel though.




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#5 11 years ago

I have Windows XP on one hard drive, Linux on another. It keeps things a lot simpler.

I also have Damn Small Linux on a USB key, which I can boot into from startup - it's a lot easier since it uses its own space on the USB key to act as a hard drive, so you can take the operating system with you anywhere. You could try that, I suppose.




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#6 11 years ago

I used to double-boot, but gave it up. WINE covers everything I need for Windows pretty decently.




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#7 11 years ago

Nice Guynow, i've heard that linux & windows dont like each other very much,[/QUOTE]Well, Windows does not like Linux... However, Linux is more and more Windows friendly.

Nice Guymeaning its better to have them on separate disks or even better, separate computers in separate rooms in separate houses in separate cities...

Seperate Cities... :lol: That is a bit Extreme... That said, seperate disks is a good idea. Seperate computers is not really cost effective, but allows for easier troubleshooting of any problems. Either in Windows or Linux. (You won't have to reboot to the working one, just to come here, and then reboot to try a fix...)

[QUOTE=Nice Guy]now, is it really impossible to run windows and linux on the same disk normally? if its possible then please tell me the best way to do it...

Its possible, I have 5 OSes on a single drive.

Windows 98 Windows 2000 Ubuntu 6 (Linux) Xandros 3 (Linux) ReactOS 0.2.x (Windows clone) Never use it anymore. It can't run much more than Solitaire, or Firefox without crashing...

The best way has already been said.




Nice Guy

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#8 11 years ago

i havent done it yet, had no time.

anyway, i have 320gb disk and i need a suggestion about partitioning. i was thinking about 25gb for windows system files, 25 for linux, the rest splitted in two partitions, also one for linux and one for windows. is it ok like this?




marvinmatthew

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#9 11 years ago

You'll need another partition called the 'Linux swap file." It will need to be around 250mb, and is going to force you to create another tiny partition. So for the main Linux partition, you're going to want to make it bigger.

Might I also suggest that you install this driver (it's still be beta form though), it allows Windows to see and copy data from your Linux partition. So far, it hasn't failed me yet. Link: http://uranus.it.swin.edu.au/~jn/linux/ext2ifs.htm




Mr. Burger

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#10 11 years ago
marvinmatthewMight I also suggest that you install this driver (it's still be beta form though), it allows Windows to see and copy data from your Linux partition. So far, it hasn't failed me yet. Link: http://uranus.it.swin.edu.au/~jn/linux/ext2ifs.htm

Ah, but that's for Ext2/3 filesystems. SUSE 10.1 uses ReiserFS (by a default install, anyway.)

LTOOLS is the program I use, since it is the only one I've found that can copy from ReiserFS. http://www.it.fht-esslingen.de/~zimmerma/software/ltools.html




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