I had an idea today and was wondering if its worth it or just a wast of time. I have Windows XP Pro that I'm going to install on a Dell Desktop, that I'm going to use as a backup, server-type PC. There are 2 hard drives in it, Drive 0 which will have XP Pro, and then Drive 1 which will be the secondary with 4 primary partitions being used for backup (since there are 4 partitions on the main server for data).
I was wondering if I could partition the XP Pro on Drive 0, leaving enough space to put, say, Ubuntu Linux on the drive also. This way if Windows ever got jacked up, with say, a virus or malicious software, or any other crazy business that would disable me from getting onto the Windows desktop, then I could just go into Ubuntu and get the files from there. I have a IDE/SATA to USB adapter for internal hard drives to act as external ones, but I figured the Linux idea would be better (plus I think Ubuntu is real cool :p).
So do people usually do this? Is this smart or completely unnecessary?
For Ubuntu you will need 20-30gb with a 1-4gb swap partition (unformatted).
Personally, I do think this is worth the effort. It also gives you another option for browsing the web, that is not at risk of an infection.
I have my old PC setup that way. I need to setup my new pc that way.
Oh nice, thats good to hear! I think I'm gonna do 25gb for XP, 25gb for Ubuntu (1gb swap logical partition), and a 3rd primary partition for free space.
There's no difference on using swap on a extended partition as opposed to on a primary partition, correct?
Not as Far as I know. My swap partition is on an extended partition.
On modern hard drives it doesn't matter where the swap partition is. Most new hardware won't use it most of the time anyway.