Dual boot optimum configuration, I think...

Discussion in 'Windows 64 Bit' started by Carlos, Oct 11, 2005.

  1. Carlos

    Carlos Guest

    C: drive, FAT32, boot drive
    D: drive, NTFS, Windows XP x86
    E: drive, NTFS, Windows XP x64
    Nothing exciting about this except for.
    C: drive contains My Documents and Favorite folders, boot.ini, ntldr and
    ntdetect.com files
    DOS is installed first of all in C: drive
    WinXP x86 comes later on D: drive and last but not least WinXP x64 on E: drive
    I have redirected the locations of My Documents and Favorites folders from
    within both Windows installations so that they point to the corresponding
    folers on C: drive. This can be easily done with MS TweakUI.
    So, no problem when re-formating or re-installing on D: and E: drives.
    My documents and Favorites will always be sitting there and are the same for
    both OS's.
    I also have a "Backup" folder on C: drive containing boot.ini, ntdlr, and
    ntdetect.com (x64 versions).
    Better than that, both Outlook installations use a common "outlook.pst" file
    located in C: drive.
    This way I can open my e-mail and work with my contacts from both OS's and
    share the same information.
    Carlos, Oct 11, 2005
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    M. Murcek Guest

    Nice, Carlos. Smells like "best practices" to me...
    M. Murcek, Oct 11, 2005
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  3. except the FAT32 is a bad idea...
    Charlie Russel - MVP, Oct 11, 2005
  4. Carlos

    M. Murcek Guest

    Bad security wise, perhaps, but if you want to keep the ability to get at C:
    with a DOS boot floppy... Of course, you could make it NTFS and get at it
    with one of the various DOS2NTFS products that are out there.
    M. Murcek, Oct 11, 2005
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    Carlos Guest

    That's the beauty, if any, of my scheme.
    No need for the @#$%& boot floppy disk.
    DOS is already installed on C: drive.
    You can always boot there.
    I agree with Charlie that FAT32 is not the best idea.
    But having DOS allows me to "see" my precious files without any NFTS2DOS
    Carlos, Oct 11, 2005
  6. huge security hole, and NOT something I'd recommend. There are plenty of
    ways to get at the files if you have a catastrophe.

    I do prefer putting data and Documents and Settings over on a separate
    drive. I just usually prefer that it NOT be C:
    Charlie Russel - MVP, Oct 11, 2005
  7. and any one else that wants to.

    In this day and age, I use a boot CD with BartsPE on it instead of a floppy,
    and I don't have any drives that aren't NTFS.

    Think about it. With FAT, even running as a limited user account if your
    system is compromised your critical data files are exposed and available to
    any and all. One of the exciting things that Vista promises is to enable
    users to run effectively as a limited user account (LUA). This prevents
    unauthorized access to files and settings even if your IE gets compromised
    or whatever. But if you're using FAT? Sorry, you just bypassed that
    Charlie Russel - MVP, Oct 11, 2005
  8. Carlos

    M. Murcek Guest

    And - it's hard to run with your pants down around your ankles. Better to
    be secure and hassle a bit when here's a problem...
    M. Murcek, Oct 11, 2005
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    Carlos Guest

    Ok guys.
    I give up. FAT32 is a bad idea. NTFS is good.
    Hope the rest of my suggestions is a good idea for "dual-booters".
    I have not seen the "outlook.pst" sharing idea in any post so far.
    Carlos, Oct 12, 2005
  10. It's probably fine, given that you can only access it from one at a time.
    But don't try it with the .ost.
    Charlie Russel - MVP, Oct 12, 2005
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    wes40oz Guest

    I agree,
    I keep all my back ups (I have 10 hard drives... don't ask) and have one
    drive, 200gb, dedicated to back ups from various drives (about 100gb in back
    ups so far), there is also some mirroring of these "critical" files I cant
    live with out ;)

    wes40oz, Oct 12, 2005
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    Frank Guest

    I've been sharing .pst in multi-boot for years. Works great!
    Frank, Oct 12, 2005
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    Matt Guest

    Hi, newbie here. Can someone point me to an easy-to-follow step-by-step
    guide to doing this please? I'm having a hell of a time getting some of my
    older peripherals to work under x64; and they're not very old either! I've
    seen topics regarding installing XP Pro first and then x64 - does this mean
    re-formattting and loosing my x64 setup?
    Matt, Oct 21, 2005
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