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What's the best way for me to dual boot linux/Win 8.1 in my Dell Inspiron 14z laptop

So, I happen to have a Dell Inspiron 14z laptop. Unfortunately, like most laptops these days, it comes with a rather bizarre partition plan from the manufacturer, which I myself do not fully ...
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Windows 8.1 on 2 drive accessible from first?

I'll explain this as well as I can. I've got a SSD 250GB and Sata3 HDD 500GB. I'm using windows 8.1 SSD has main profile login via E-mail (Used for gaming and general use) HDD will be used for ...
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Delete or move OEM partition on ASUS laptop

I bought an ASUS laptop (S550C) and I was planning to install Linux alongside Windows 8 (Win8 comes preinstalled) in dual-boot. The laptop has two hard drives and they come partitioned in the ...
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How to repair Windows partition after moving GRUB in different disk

I had a dual boot setup with Windows 8 and Ubuntu. The laptop has a normal HDD and a smaller SSD. Both OS were on the HDD. I decided to make a clean install of a newer version of Ubuntu on the SSD. ...
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dual boot windows 7 with xp hard drive compatibility mode

I need to get a Compaq 620 laptop with Windows 7 to dual boot with Windows xp I tried running the Windows XP setup CD, but soon after I get a BSOD error This page says that I need to change the hard ...
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Recovering HDD Space From Failed Linux Install

I had a dual-boot (Windows/Linux) on my laptop a while back, but the Linux partition became corrupted when I tried to install a different version of Linux and overwrite the previous one. How do I ...
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Partitioning a hard drive

Is there a way to split a hard drive into more than 4 primary partitions? I am installing multiple OSs, and it would make life a lot easier if there was a way to do this. My hard drive is 1TB.
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EFI GPT Windows 7 boot-loader/manager issue and grub

My computer(asus N76VM 64 bit) with windows 7 (64 bit home professional) pre-installed got in a bad state while partitioning from a later installed Ubuntu environment. This had lead me to run testdisk ...
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Want to dual boot: Windows 8.1 / Ubuntu 13.10, but can't boot from flash drive and hard drive is reported as “full”

PC won't boot "bootable" flash drives. Hard drive is "full" and "140TB". ⠀Goal: Dual boot Windows 8.1 / Ubuntu 13.10, have functional hard drive Question may {contain, miss} (ir)relevant ...
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Installing Windows 7 on second partition

So I have got Win7 Ultimate (32-bit) installed and running on my C: drive. Now I want to install Win7 Ultimate (64-bit) on my D: drive. Both C: and D: are NTFS. The tricky thing is that my machine's ...
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Will the files of other drives be deleted when formatting a dual-boot machine

I use both Windows and Linux on my computer by dual-booting. I also have 3 drives. On one I have Windows, on the other there is Linux and on the third one are my files (documents, pictures etc.). Now, ...
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Windows boot manager and two hard disks

here's my situation: I had an HDD with Windows 8 installed (UEFI mode). I bought a SSD and wanted to do a clean install of Windows, so I thought that disabling the HDD and leaving the SSD as the only ...
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Are partitions to the inner/outer edge significantly faster

Some linux dual/multi-boot tutorials / general partitioning tutorials say that the inner side of a hard disk is faster than the outer side so partitions towards the outside tend to be slower while ...
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1answer
699 views

Can't choose which HDD to boot

I have DELL Inspiron N7110 and recently bought Caddy Module Tray Adapter and placed it into my laptop. When I turn my computer on everything works fine, but it boots from the hard drive that came with ...
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drive visibility on ubuntu that has formatted by windows

i always use windows and now i want to install ubuntu as my second OS(multi boot) i'll install ubuntu on separate drive. will i be able to see my other drives that were formatted by windows? the ...
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Desktop PC with 2 Hard Drives?

I have a PC with Windows XP. Somehow my uncle has connected another hard drive from my older PC into the current one. The 2nd hard drive contains a few files. I was wondering whether having 2 hard ...
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1answer
41 views

How to use a virtual machine to access an OS from a second HD?

I am going to have a computer with two 1TB hard drives. I plan on using 1 for Linux and the other for Windows. If I am using Linux, is it possible to have a Virtual Machine use the 1TB (windows) disk ...
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173 views

Linux Won't Boot From Option in Windows Boot Manager

I have a pre-existing option to boot from (Windows 7), and a also made a Linux option which was made from Easy BCD. I'm able to load Linux when I click on Windows 7 (When my external HDD with it is ...
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Linux boots when I click “Windows 7” in boot manager [duplicate]

I've been trying to dual boot, which has pretty much been successful. I have Linux installed on an external Hard Drive. In the boot manager when I click on Windows 7: (with the hard drive plugged ...
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windows 8 & 7 on separate HDDs

I had windows 7 on my old hard drive then I bought a new one so I decided to install a win 8 on it . now I have them on separate disk and if I want to use one I should select that Hdd on setup boot ...
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112 views

installing dual operating system

I have a laptop with a 500 GB hard disk and my partitions are: C:\ 57.7 GB (OS installed) D:\ 57.7 GB E:\ 300 GB F:\ 50 GB All partitions use the NTFS file system. Each of these 4 partitions is ...
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94 views

No dual boot screen with XP and Seven

I want to install different version of Windows on a PC. I installed Windows XP on a first harddrive. I add a harddrive (HD) on my PC, split it in three part Since I have only one SATA cable, I ...
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Best way of keeping my data when changing hard drive

I'm about to get a SSD and I'd like to know what is the way of keeping the data from my mechanical hard drive. I have OpenSUSE and Windows 7 installed on a dual boot. I've found on Google two ways ...
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What does the IDE connector labeled PRI IDE on my motherboard do?

So I was looking for an antenna cable in my cellar, when I found some old sweets in a by my old computer in a cardboard box. Two old PATA HDDs, a PATA CD-ROM and some IDE cables. That gave me an idea ...
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1answer
107 views

How to make dual boot by getting free space from Windows XP Primary Drive

I want to go for Dual boot with Windows XP and Ubuntu currently, Windows already installed in system with partitions as C: 270GB (Primary Drive);D:10 GB and E:92 GB I want to get 100 GB from C: ...
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1answer
564 views

How can I increase the Linux partition size on a dual-boot system?

My laptop is running Windows 7. I created a partition and installed Ubuntu 12.10 on it. So now I have both running OK. The problem is that now I need more space on the Linux partition. Using the same ...
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1answer
966 views

Resizing and moving MacBook partitions

I have a MacBook Pro set up with a dual boot OS X Lion + Windows 7. My OS X partition is ~100 GB and the other partition is ~300 GB. I would like to make the OS X partition bigger and the Windows ...
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1answer
119 views

Is it a good practice to create a separated partition for a grub2 loader?

I want install Debian 6. I want have a grub2 as a boot loader. I read, that creating a separated primary /boot partition for the kernel (with read-only access) is a good practice. Is it also a good ...
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1answer
279 views

How to create dual boot in my win7 HP laptop

I have HP Pavilion Dv6-3120tx laptop with pre installed windows 7 home basic OS I have a single 320 GB hard-disk with Windows 7 x64bit pre installed, and the current partition schemes is as follows: ...
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1answer
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How can I get back in to locked partition?

I don't know whether this is the right forum to post this question so please tell me if I should put it somewhere else. I have a Compaq laptop with Windows 7 Professional pre-installed. I recently ...
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1answer
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Properly disabling Intel SRT

I just purchased a Dell XPS 8500 that comes with a 2TB mechanical HDD + 32GB SSD that is configured to use Intel's SRT. I'm planning to dual boot Win7 and Ubuntu, but it seems like SRT drivers are ...
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2 Independent Windows 7 hd in desktop

I have a PC with 2 HDDs and both have Windows 7 installed. How can I set up Windows 7 to make sure that when I boot from one HDD, I can't see the other? I want to be sure that neither I nor any ...
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1answer
90 views

RAID Controller Questions

I have a P8Z68-V Pro Motherboard and two 500GB 7200rpm hard drives that I used to have in a RAID0 configuration using the Z68 bios level raid. However, I've run into trouble in the past trying to ...
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1answer
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Windows 7 Boot Camp Partition Not Recognizing Full Disk Space

I recently used Boot Camp to install Windows 7 on a small partition on my MBP, and have found the need to extend the partition for more space. Through the use of several tools, I have managed to ...
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2answers
790 views

Two harddrives, Win7 on one and WinXP on the other

I currently have a PC with a single drive, with WinXP installed. I will soon be adding in another drive to this PC, which had Win7 installed on it (while it was in another machine). When the PC ...
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set boot drive manually

I would like to specify the bootdrive of my computer manually (using a switch or microcontroller), because I have currently 3 hard drives in my computer: a Data drive, a hdd with mac osx and a hdd ...
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1answer
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Possible To Rename Hardware Name of Hard Drive?

Is it possible to rename a hard drive's hardware name? (The name that shows up in the BIOS, or with Disk Utility in a Mac)? eg: WD1502FAEX I'm asking because I'm about to get two identical hard ...
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551 views

Is it possible to install WinXP side-by-side to existing Win7 and access my data from both?

My dad has Windows 7 64bit installed on his computer. He had, on his previous Windows XP-running computer, an arcane piece of software that does not work on the newer OS, no matter what we try with ...
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Ubuntu installer detecting multiple Windows 7 loaders

I bought a new HP dv6 laptop with Windows 7 installed, a 750GB hard drive and 8GB RAM. I wanted to dual boot and install Ubuntu 11.10. Following a known procedure I shrunk my partition and created ...
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2answers
604 views

How can I use a live CD to boot off a specific harddirve partition manually?

I have a machine who's mother board is failing to detect the installed hard drives. I can boot off a live CD (Ubuntu 11.10 or system rescue 2.4.1) and mount the partitions and the hard drives seem ...
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105 views

Puzzled whether format the partition or simply copy back contents

In my previous question ntfs-partition-gets-auto-corrupt-becomes-raw-and-unreadable, I got some answers, but I am still not clear as to how to solve the problem. To quickly summarize it, Problem: ...
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NTFS Partition gets auto-corrupt, becomes RAW and unreadable

I have dual boot on my machine: Windows 8 and Ubuntu 11.10. Suddenly, one of my partitions went corrupt. On Windows, it's showing this error. Location is not available. E:/ is not ...
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Computer doesn't boot, continuously restarts; possible disk error

I have shut down my computer two hours ago. When I open my computer it started restarting itself after showing the POST screen. I can open my computer with a Ubuntu Live CD or Windows installation CD. ...
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1answer
889 views

Windows 7 - No Primary Partition - Is This Wrong?

My laptop has only one physical disk - but I'm looking at it in 'Disk Management' and I see that all of the partitions are 'Simple volumes' System (no drive letter) 199MB Main (C:) 222GB Ubuntu ...
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1answer
508 views

How to manage/create multiple partitions (for multiple OS'es)?

How do I divide my hard drive into multiple OS'es/partitions for my test machine? For example: Win XP Win 7 Gentoo Ubuntu Storage Can Linux'es share swap area? I was told to leave the first ...
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Operating System Not Found - BIOS recognizes, Live OS doesn't (Laptop)

Here's the deal: I have a multi-partitioned hard drive on my laptop set up with GRUB. I got a blue-screen while working on Windows 7 and when rebooting I got the Operating System Not Found error ...
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1answer
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Dual Boot Windows 7 + Linux on 2 separate SDD + Data HDD

I'm about to build myself a new machine (to replace my old Celeron, yes you can laugh :P) and I want to be able to dual boot on Windows 7 (mostly for games) and Linux (development/programing). I'm a ...
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Dual internal hard disk on 1 CPU

I have one CPU (Complete Setup Box) in my desktop, and need to run two operating systems. Instead of installing them both on the same hard drive, I am thinking of adding a second drive. Is it ...
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Does having more that one partition on a hard drive affect performance? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why use multiple partitions on Linux installations? I'm building a new computer and want to maximize the performance of each component. In the past, I've generally ...
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2answers
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Will Windows XP work on a Hybrid Hard Drive?

I'm looking into getting the Seagate Momentus XT hybrid hard drive, and I'm planning on dual booting between Windows 7 and Windows XP. I know 7 and Vista have native support for taking advantage of ...