Linked by Eugenia Loli on Mon 10th Apr 2006 21:20 UTC
OSNews, Generic OSes There are so many ways to boot alternative OSes to common PCs these days. What's your prefered way? Read for a quick introduction to the most common methods and then let us know about your prefered way of booting alternative OSes to your PC by taking the poll.
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Multiple HDs
by umccullough on Mon 10th Apr 2006 23:25 UTC
umccullough
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2006-01-26

As mentioned by a couple others here - I actually use separate HD's entirely. I have various drives ranging from 500mb to 60gb lying around that I format and use as utility for testing alternative OSes.

The beauty here is that I can swap them from machine to machine (which I have various configurations for testing) without really removing the primary OS (dedicated HD) from those machines I test on.

The drawback is that I generally have the cases torn apart 95% of the time as I hate most of the removable drive bays available.

I also keep 4 of these machines on a KVM at any given time to quickly swap between them as I'm testing.

Edited 2006-04-10 23:26

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RE: Multiple HDs
by transputer_guy on Tue 11th Apr 2006 03:50 in reply to "Multiple HDs"
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2005-07-08

Well I do alot of the same thing you do, open frame etc, slightly changing hardware on the fly.

On the small hard disks, I used to buy those as a way to get drives on the cheap back when new ones used to be much more expensive, but I also found that they are incredibly slooow, often down to 1MByte/sec transfers at full speed at the 500MB level. Now I just stick to newer drives with larger caches, although the 128GB crossover is yet another stupid hurdle for BeOS or my older mobos.

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RE[2]: Multiple HDs
by umccullough on Tue 11th Apr 2006 05:15 in reply to "RE: Multiple HDs"
umccullough Member since:
2006-01-26

On the small hard disks, I used to buy those as a way to get drives on the cheap back when new ones used to be much more expensive, but I also found that they are incredibly slooow

Yes, I agree that the older drives are slow. But they're mainly for testing out alternative OSes - not necessarily using them extensively.

For more serious work, I use the newer larger drives - like a spare 60gb with 4 partitions.

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