I did a dual boot Windows and Ubuntu a couple of years ago but did run in to some trouble with the boot manager when restoring my drive C which I regularly backup up as a complete system image.
Since then I have not used Linux, but am looking to give it a proper try again, rather than using slowish usb sticks.
To avoid such problems I wondered if this method would work ?
My system is a i3 4170 , Asrock mobo, 4gb ram W 8.1 32 bit and I now have a SSD dedicated as Drive C for W 8.1 and the old HDD as drive D, E,F for data files( drive D currently empty)
Was thinking of installing Linux on drive D, but instead of dual booting , connecting a switch on the SSD / Drives C power line, so when I boot it will go to whichever is the first device powered on eg windows if drive C is powered, Linux on drive D if not.
Will Linux install /boot ok from a drive labelled D ? and when running Windows will it see drive D,E and F ok ?
Am also deciding between distros - Mint or Federo seem to be interesting over Ubuntu, any suggestions ?
In for a penny - despite looking around the forums last time, the old question about should I be running AV and FW under Linux never seemed to be clearly answered. Have things become clearer, and in which way ??
Edited by dino2014, 15 August 2015 - 11:27 AM.