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3320Re: [NTO] ios.VXD

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  • Brian Binder
    Aug 13, 2002
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      How is your system at its present state, Ed? Get anything salvaged?

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      From: ntb-OffTopic@yahoogroups.com
      Date: Tuesday, August 13, 2002 3:01:58 PM
      To: ntb-OffTopic@yahoogroups.com
      Subject: Re: [NTO] ios.VXD

      Just for the record I used Partition Magic and Boot Magic and it still
      managed to just about destroy all my windows programs. But after all it is
      your call, my advice is still don't do it.
      ----- Original Message -----
      From: "Scott Fordin" <sfordin@...>
      To: <ntb-OffTopic@yahoogroups.com>
      Sent: Tuesday, August 13, 2002 1:34 PM
      Subject: Re: [NTO] ios.VXD

      Ed Brown wrote:

      > But my advice is to forget Linux unless you have a
      > separate computer to put it on.

      If I may be so bold, I disagree completely. Linux and
      Windows can coexist very nicely on the same box, and there
      are, in fact, several advantages to having things configured
      this way. For example, I currently dual-boot between Windows
      2000 and Mandrake Linux 8.2, and the way I have things
      mounted in Linux, I can access the *exact same* data files
      and directories no matter which OS I'm using. As another
      example, I have my Netscape POP mailboxes symbolically
      linked between the two OSs, so I don't have to worry about
      synchronizing the mailboxes, POP state, address books, etc.
      Of course, you could do the same thing using network mounts,
      but it's a couple of degrees easier and faster to actually
      use the same physical machine.

      If you want to run both OSs, my recommendation is to use
      PartitionMagic and BootMagic. It really does work, and it's
      really easy to create separate Linux and Windows partitions
      without destroying your existing Windows partition. That is,
      you can resize your Windows partition and create a Linux
      parition without losing your Windows stuff, which is what
      would happen if you tried to do this using vanilla fdisk.

      If you're simply dead set against subdividing your hard disk
      to create a Linux parition, PartitionMagic notwithstanding,
      you could simply install another hard disk on your machine.
      Windows insists on being the first OS in the boot sector on
      the first disk, but Linux is not so persnickety like that.
      The key when configuring Linux to boot from the second hard
      disk is to make sure that the LILO (or GRUB) boot loader is
      installed on the disk from which you want to boot Linux,
      rather than in the boot sector of the disk from which Windows
      boots. It sounds more complicated than it is. Honestly.



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