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1 hard drive or 2 hard drives that is the question.

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by greenbrucelee, Jul 15, 2008.

  1. greenbrucelee
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    I've gone all Shakespear :)

    I intend on my new system to dual boot XP & Vista, is it better to have one hard drive or two?
     
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  2. Mathematix

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    Always two for obvious reasons. Any furture system I have (as well as the current one) will have two non-RAID drives minimum.
     
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    Are you just seeing from a corruption point of view? which I fully understand it's just someone ttold me there would be no need.

    I am looking at two SATA2 Samsung spinpoint drives probably within the 350GB - 500GB range.
     
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    I have two... but one is a disconnected point-in-time mirror.
     
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    I'm running 2 x 500 Gb seagate.

    One has my Xp Pro, the other, Vista Business
     
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    Yep, for greater storage reliability. What was their reason for saying that two drives is an unnessary measure? :blink
     
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    The guy was saying that if I had two hard drives and I got a virus they would both become infected anyhow, so I might aswell use 1 and have 2 partitions.

    But I think he was talking twaddle imo.
     
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    Two would be better as certain features on Vista e.g. Complete PC Backup require you to use a different hard drive.
     
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    I would say it's more a case of they *could* both get infected, not *would*.

    Currently I'm not running anything on my Vista drive but have NOD32 Suite on my Xp which is where I do my main stuff. Vista partition just used for training stuff at the mo'. If I ask NOD32 for a custom scan, it does give the option to scan the Vista drive, it's just that if I boot into it then the security is not running whereas it is from the Xp drive.

    Horses for courses I'd say.
     
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    As UKDarkstar said, it is a case of 'could' rather than 'would'. It would depend on if files are shared between the drives by whatever means that would determine if the both become infected. :rolleyes:
     
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    I am not going to share between the two drives, I will be using XP as my main OS and Vista for learning purposes.
     
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  12. Mathematix

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    I have my OS and applications programs installed on one drive, and my games and valuable data on the other.
     
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    another vote for 2 > HDD aren't that expensive now.

    edit: or get 1 and use VMWARE for vista if its for testing.
    you could always whack another one in later
     
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    So in that case would it be possible to have 2 OSs on one drive and the data and games on the other? I take it by way of sharing.
     
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  15. Mathematix

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    Well I have Ubuntu and XP on one drive and no OS on the other. Given that Ubuntu is a live CD distribution of Linux I decided that even if both fail because of the drive all I have to do is pop the CD in and boot up! :biggrin
     
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    you can have 2 os on 1 drive as long as these are partitioned. say the drive is 250gb. c partition is 120 and d is 120, that will work fine, however, it is definatly not recommended that you dual boot 2 os on the same partition.

    edit> ms kb
     
  17. Mathematix

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    Well, I installed Ubuntu on an XP partition to try it out... I liked it, but am a bit too lazy at the moment to give it its own partition. Secondly, I'm currently not using Ubuntu enough to give it a massive amount of space.

    I'll see how it goes, but XP has precedence at the mo'. :)
     
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    Thought the version of Ubunto was on a LIVE cd based. It would work without any version of any os installed on a pc. Its booted up and executed via the cd
     
  19. Theprof

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    My next PC that I build will have a raid mirror setup for sure. Then I'll creat one partition for the OS and the other for data files, etc. Ironically when I setup raid for the first time, one of my hard drives died that same week, what a coincidence.
     
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  20. Mathematix

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    Via Live CD it's...

    1. Slower (very much slower!).
    2. Is not as full an OS as the installation.
     
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