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boot up software

Discussion in 'A+' started by fastrhino, Dec 3, 2005.

  1. fastrhino

    fastrhino Nibble Poster

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    can anyone recomended software that will allow me to be prompted on start-up which OS or hard drive to boot up from?

    does the hard drive reqiuire partitions to allow this to happen?

    mick
     
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  2. Clyde

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    well, if you install multiple MS products, typically they manage that all by themselves. (once you install in the correct order) and yes, multiple partitions is often a good idea. And... for pitys sakes, don't go dynamic...

    For other OSs like linux, they usually have a boot loader like lilo that does the trick..
     
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  3. fastrhino

    fastrhino Nibble Poster

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    clyde when you say the correct order i assume in order of age. starting with windows 98 on

    i have already installed xp pro on my recentl new build project, should i re-format and partion this drive and use my second drive fro back-up perposes..
     
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  4. Clyde

    Clyde Megabyte Poster

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    yup, older first, then newer is the general rule. Do a google, there's loads of info. You can even mix linux and MS if needed. (Install linux last)

    Dunno, depends on what you want to achieve..
     
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  5. fastrhino

    fastrhino Nibble Poster

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    i have been was advised to install a few different OS on my system so i can do the labs for the a+ certification, so partioning the drive will keep all the different OS software in diferent areas on the drive.

    I want learn how to set up a system using more than one OS
     
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  6. Boycie
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    Boycie Senior Beer Tester

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    Rhino,

    As already said it depends on what you want out of it.
    If you want to back up your entire computer or selected files then i would recommend Ghost and use another internal drive. That way, should your main drive go toes up you have only lost (hopefully nothing) as much as your recent back-up.
     
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  7. fastrhino

    fastrhino Nibble Poster

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    i have installed 2 drives the primary is a seagate barracuda 160gig and a second which is 80gig,

    what i would prefer is to have all the OS software installed on my primary drive, and my second drive as a back up, using a raid or backup software.

    i have only just reached the hard drive section of mike meyers so i am still learning the main points, i need pointing in the right direction so i can keep it simple, stupid,,,,for me to learn the processes and issues involved
     
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  8. Jakamoko
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    Jakamoko On the move again ...

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    Have a Google for boot.ini - a system file built into Windows (NT/2000/XP and beyond, I believe)
     
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  9. Clyde

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    forget raid, it's not for doing backups. Backup s/w would do the trick, but I'm with Boyce - use imaging s/w like ghost.
     
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