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Windows on a Linux PC

Discussion in 'Linux / Unix Discussion' started by Boycie, Dec 16, 2005.

  1. Boycie
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    Boycie Senior Beer Tester

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    Everyone knows that it is pointless having Anti-virus on a non server Linux system :) It is also recommended to have Windows and Linux on seperate hard drives if possible.
    My question is what about when you have them on the same hard drive?
    Is the Windows NTFS strong/ Linux strong enough to stop the other partition becomming corrupt?
    If you don't log in to windows and update the AV, is it left wide open???? :blink
     
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  2. hbroomhall

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    If you are running Windows then that generally can't access a Linux filesystem. The only thing that can happen would be for the partition to be destroyed, rather than getting a virus.

    If you are running Linux then whether anything can access the NTFS partition depends on the drivers you have loaded. I would normaly only load them read-only, as they aren't very reliable at writing. So a virus shouldn't be able to infect files on the NTFS partition.

    For this it is irrelevant whether the partitions are on the same drives or not.

    The main reason for keeping it on separate drives is so any faults with partition management don't kill the other OS.

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  3. Boycie
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    thanks for the reply Harry. On my desktop i have 2 drives (one for Ubuntu and one for XP)
    On the laptop i obviously share. So far so good
     
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    i have 2 seperate drives for my laptop

    managed to get another drive bay that was surplus and use that when using ubuntu

    then plug in the other when using my training disk

    has XP and Virtual PC 2004 on it only
     
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  5. Boycie
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    oh, right. What Laptop have you got then? :blink
     
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    P4 2.0ghz 40Gb HD and 512mb ram

    in Virtual PC 2004 i can have either 2 servers running or 1 server and 1 client due to memory constraints

    Would be better on my desktop pc at home as it has more memory and is faster but this way i can take the laptop to work and use it there aswell
     
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  7. Boycie
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    What make and model?
     
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    Mitac 8575
     
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