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I am Deepak Krishnappa wanted two operating system on same?

by Deepak-Krishnappa / March 16, 2016 3:03 AM PDT

Hi Guys,

My name is Deepak Krishnappa, I basically belongs to India. I want to run two operating system in a one PC. Few years back, I have seen this before on my friends pc but now I urgently required that as I have to run both Linux as well as window.

Currently I having window installed on my PC. Let me know if after having both OS will delete my current data.

Regards
Deepak Krishnappa

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Have you considered
by itsdigger / March 16, 2016 9:19 AM PDT

Not dual booting ? I found that unnecessary as these days we can install Linux on a flash drive and make it persistent .

It's fully functional, just like installing it on a HDD but, whats really nice about it is that it's portable and you don't have to partition your computers HDD or mess with boot loaders and such.

It's pretty neat ! Maybe look into that before going the dual boot route.

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I am Deepak Krishnappa wanted two operating system on same?
by Deepak-Krishnappa / March 28, 2016 5:47 AM PDT
In reply to: Have you considered

Hi Itsdigger, Thanks but I believe it would be little difficult for me to go with HDD everytime. I would like to install on my inbuilt HDD.

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before doing it
by James Denison / March 28, 2016 7:43 AM PDT

Consult the many videos on HOW to do it that are on Youtube.

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Re: dual boot
by Kees_B Forum moderator / March 16, 2016 3:21 AM PDT

First you need to decide how you want to install Linux:
(a) on the same physical hard disk as Windows is now installed on
(b) on another hard disk that's already present
(c) on a new hard disk
(d) in a virtual machine
The next steps depend on that choice.

If you do it the right way, your current data won't be damaged. But that really doesn't imply that it's a good idea to not have a backup.

Kees

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Install on the same physical hard disk
by Deepak-Krishnappa / March 28, 2016 5:48 AM PDT
In reply to: Re: dual boot

Hi Kees_B, I want to install on the same physical hard disk as Windows is now installed on.

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That's clear.
by Kees_B Forum moderator / March 28, 2016 5:52 AM PDT

Make a full image backup of your hard disk and go for it.

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Leave Windows as it is.
by James Denison / March 28, 2016 7:43 AM PDT

Pick an easy setup and easy use Linux like Ubuntu, Mint, Zorin, Kubuntu, and carefully follow it's steps to make some room on the hard drive and install the linux on the new partition it creates.

Make sure to defragment Windows first.

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I am Deepak Krishnappa wanted two operating system on same?
by Deepak-Krishnappa / April 4, 2016 3:35 AM PDT

Hi Kees_B / James, I've installed Ubuntu on two of my personal computer and both the windows are working fine. Thanks for helping me out.

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My personal recommendation and reasoning

My first choice would be to have two completely separate PCs for this. If that's not practical, I still want neither OS to interact with the other or to be dependent on the other such as in sharing a boot loader. For this reason, I use two hard drives with one OS on each. The downside to this is that one must interrupt the startup process and select the drive to boot from. My own PC does this easily enough. Now if you want to share files between the two, you'll need have them on a partition that both can access. Linux doesn't care but Windows does. You can do this in Windows with 3rd party software but an easier way is to just create an NTFS on your Linux hard drive for such use. In any event, doing it this way means that one failed hard drive isn't going to mean the other won't boot without first making repairs.

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steve's way is safest, easiest
by James Denison / March 16, 2016 9:52 AM PDT

If you need to use Linux a lot and don't want to risk messing up your windows installation. Otherwise the USB flashdrive approach digger mentioned is best. One other is to put Linux in a virtual system under your windows if just for messing around with, but if you need to learn some programing for Linux, then you don't want a virtual, nor a LIVE system but a full install. As Kees mentioned, it's up to what you NEED.

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I am Deepak Krishnappa wanted two operating system on same?
by Deepak-Krishnappa / April 4, 2016 3:37 AM PDT

Great Idea Steven, I will try this latter for now i already installed Ubuntu by using the image file.
Thanks
-Deepak

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Kudos to you
by yankeelady2015 / April 4, 2016 10:45 PM PDT

Steven I agree with you totally. Kudos to you. Wink

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Live Linux disk and away you go
by Robn101 / March 16, 2016 9:07 AM PDT

Get a live linux disk such as Ubuntu or Mint and boot up the computer with it. Start the installation process and linux will automatically resize the hard drive to enable both partitions. It's all very simple really and works well. After it's done and you restart your computer you'll be given the option of what operating system to boot into. As always, it's a good idea to back everything up first!

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I am Deepak Krishnappa wanted two operating system on same?
by Deepak-Krishnappa / April 4, 2016 3:39 AM PDT

Hi Robn101 ,

This is exactly what i did for having both the operating system. This forum is amazing and people here are really intelligent as they help me in every single step.

Thanks
-Deepak Krishnappa

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