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#1 dino2014

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Posted 15 August 2015 - 11:25 AM

Hi,

 

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  ??

 

thanks


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Posted 15 August 2015 - 11:31 AM

Linux does not care at all what letter your drive is. You can dual boot it on the D drive but you will need to use software like EasyBCD on Windows to make sure it appears on a boot menu. Since Linux uses a different partition type than Windows, you will not be able to see drive D from Windows but you will be able to see drives E and F. Lastly, if I had a choice between Mint or Fedora, I would choose Mint. :)


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Posted 15 August 2015 - 11:46 AM

you will need to use software like EasyBCD on Windows to make sure it appears on a boot menu

 

Thats what I wanted to avoid by using a power switch idea  ,because even EasyBCD could not correct the problems I had before, had to reinstall windows.

 

Any thoughts on the AV/FW question ?

 

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Posted 15 August 2015 - 12:03 PM

 

you will need to use software like EasyBCD on Windows to make sure it appears on a boot menu

 

Thats what I wanted to avoid by using a power switch idea  ,because even EasyBCD could not correct the problems I had before, had to reinstall windows.

 

Any thoughts on the AV/FW question ?

 

thanks

 

 

Antivirus is a moot point in linux, it doesnt need antivirus

As for a firewall, most distros have in built ones, iptables the built in one is more then enough as is UFW and needs no interaction from the end user.

As for using linux in a "D" drive no linux doesnt interact with windows that way, windows by default cannot read linux partitions so you need third party software.

However linux can read and write NTFS natively, giving linux an advantage


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Posted 15 August 2015 - 05:19 PM

 

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.

 

Using the switch idea should work. Linux will use its bootloader from D drive ( or what ever you name it  ) And Windows will use its own bootloader.

 

 

As for a firewall, most distros have in built ones, iptables the built in one is more then enough as is UFW and needs no interaction from the end user.

Distros like Ubuntu do not have Firewall enabled by default.

 

To enable it open terminal and type.

sudo ufw enable


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Posted 16 August 2015 - 02:00 PM

Thanks all, have Windows on the SSD and Mint on the HDD, no need for a switch on the SSDs power line, I can just select which system to boot from by using the F11 key / Boot Menu during Power Up or Restart






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