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Dual booting benefits

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June 27, 2010 5:15:20 AM

Could we get a discussion going about computer redundancy *?
I am thinking about having a partition just for a 'back up' operating system, like linux and windows running. The thought is incase one partition has errors (e.g. windows) the other operating system will allow me to still have a running pc.

Could I be able to repair the partition that has the errors on it? e.g. ubuntu repairing windows


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June 27, 2010 9:31:38 AM

Ever since I've had Vista I haven't had to repair/reinstall windows even once. Big difference from 98SE where I had to format & reinstall monthly. There is probably very little benefit to having a second OS to 'fix' a first OS install, what with safe mode or recovery DVDs, possibly in combination with restore points. The only benefit I can see is - if you have only the one PC - a second, still-working OS would give you internet access to get help on fixing the broken OS, and give you a different environment for urgent work/mailchecking/etc.

Personally my hard drive is always nearly full so to me the space saved by not doing this far outweighs the small comfort of a second OS. Plus, if an OS does break, a second OS still means you have to fix the broken one.

I'm under the impression dual-booting is mainly for developers or linux-fans who want to play windows games that WINE won't run. Your idea's not without merits, but it's certainly not for me.
June 27, 2010 9:33:42 AM

*sigh* "You are not allowed to edit this message" -.-

Also, if you were to have a second OS, and you're not running some sort of mirror/parity raid, I would at least put the second OS on a second drive, in case of HDD failure.
June 27, 2010 5:35:48 PM

Personally I like running OSX snow leopard and Windows 7. Each has OS specific APPs I like.