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I have a few softwares that can only be run in Windows. So I'm thinking about multiboot. But I've a few questions. Firstly, does multibooting effects the performance of LM even a tiny negligible bit in comparison to when it is installed alone? Secondly, what happens if my Windows partition is effected by virus? Any effect on LM's performance? Thirdly, my plan is to create a healthy C: drive for Windows at the beginning of my hard disk and install Windows 7 first, then the root partition of LM, a swap and finally a home partition. Is it okay? Please help me out guys.

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Installing windows first is a good rule of thumb when dual booting. Windows tends to take over the boot-loader when it's installed. Installing Linux 2nd will ensure Grub or which ever boot loader you wish to use is in place with little trouble.

It's not likely a virus will transfer to your linux partition from windows. With out 3rd party software windows can't read EXT file systems. A virus can affect other items like the MBR and get in that way, Make sure your windows instillation is updated and has a good anti virus, AVG or Avast! are my suggestions.

Having a dual boot system should not affect performance of either OS providing you have enough disk space.

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A friend of mine bought a Dell Inspiron N5050 6 months ago. He had a multiboot system of Windows 7 and Ubuntu 11.10. It was running smoothly. Four months later his hard disk crashed. He took it to customer care. They replaced it but couldn't specify any reason for the crash. Is there any possibility of multibooting contributing to the crash, provided there is no virus in Windows. –  BRKsays Jun 24 '12 at 6:33
    
I don't think it would anymore then just regular use. I have done a lot of different dual boots with no issue's or hard drive failures. –  animepunkw Jun 24 '12 at 6:53
    
I have done a mint linux / windows 7 dual boot too. works just fine. Mint is a nice and easy distro. –  animepunkw Jun 24 '12 at 7:00
    
thanks for clearing that up. I too have faith in multibooting as so many people use it successfully. Must've been a bad product from Dell. –  BRKsays Jun 24 '12 at 7:05
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