Is there any way I can get two hard disk drives in my PC with different
operating systems so I can choose which to boot from?
In this excerpt from
Answercast #16, I look at the difficulties, not in setting up a dual-boot
system, but in using it afterwards. Many users are not happy with the
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Dual-boot hard drives
Absolutely. It’s called a dual-boot system and you don’t even need two hard
drives; you can actually set up two partitions on a single hard drive. You then
include a setup that, when you boot, asks you which you want to boot from.
Now, I have no articles on that. It’s not something I cover and it’s not
something that I plan to cover specifically.
In my experience, dual-boot systems are more hassle than they are worth –
especially with the advent of virtual machines.
The average consumer – the average user – is not going to run into a scenario
where they are going to setup a dual-boot system and really be happy with
Virtual machines are easier
There are so many better solutions right now.
Like I said, virtual machines are wonderful for allowing a computer to run a
base operating system and then have a completely different operating system
– in a window – on that same machine running simultaneously (rather than having
to choose one or the other when you reboot.)
So, to answer your question, since I don’t want to leave you
- The phrase you want to search for is “dual boot”
There will be plenty of results that will help get something like that setup.
Since it’s not really something for the mainstream consumer, it’s not
something I spend a lot of time with. It’s also not something I advise for the
casual (or for the average) consumer.
Next from Answercast #16 – How
do I get my two monitors to run different programs?