Dual booting with Knoppix
Posted 12 March 2006 - 03:37 PM
Posted 12 March 2006 - 03:48 PM
Most Linux distros use Grub or Lilo to boot the machine, which allows you to select which partition to boot from. I prefer Grub because it has a file which can be changed to change the boot information, so it does not have to be re-written to the boot block.
Having two partitions will not slow the computer down and Windoze will just ignore the Linux partitions. It can actually speed things up (as long as you don't run out of space) since the data is within a smaller number of cylinders, but I doubt that you would notice any difference.
I am not sure of what you mean by a different way to install Linux. Most Linux distros will look to see if there is free space or Linux partitions and use those and will not harm the existing partitions, but it is best to have a backup, just in case. The install will typically install one of the above boot loaders and allow you to select which partitions to boot from, which one is the default, etc.
Does that answer your questions?
Posted 12 March 2006 - 03:49 PM
Edited by williesbest2, 12 March 2006 - 03:50 PM.
Posted 12 March 2006 - 03:56 PM
How much free space do you have on your existing disk? If it is mostly empty, resizing might work.
I think there are some methods of having a Linux "partition" on the existing disk and booting from that, but I am not sure as I have not done that.
Posted 12 March 2006 - 04:48 PM
How much data do you have and do you have an easy way to back it up? It would be bad if something happened to cause a loss of data and you did not have a backup.
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