multiple os with OS Selector

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  1. dan_me

    dan_me Registered Member

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    Hello, as OS Selector "allows you to install 100 or more multiple operating systems (OSes) on one computer" i wonder how does that and whether i should make so many logical partitions to reach such a big number of OSes.

    Please how should i better partition the hard disk to install and then select from to say 30 OSes?
    I do not like creating so many logical.
     
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  2. MudCrab

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    Personally, I would not want that many operating systems on my computer regardless of the boot manager.

    Are you going to be booting into all of them very frequently?

    Are they all Windows?
     
  3. dan_me

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    You mean to say ...just for the sake of the boot manager?
    No, i just didn't use OS Loader till now when i'm thinking to give it a try and i didn't found in its manual a way to partition or how to reach those 100 advertised or whether has OS Loader a technique to create them because too many logical partitions i think it is not good, they depend one another.
    In the end i'm curious where is the number 100 from and why 100, what the statement represent:
    "allows you to install 100 or more multiple operating systems (OSes) on one computer"
    because it sounds very nice :) :doubt:

    Very frequently it might be just one w2k if not Vista.

    Also Linux and what els i need to try or test as my 2x250G hdds allow me.
    I thought to place the OS Loader files on the 2'nd hdd in the data partition, 240G NTFS, to not create another one dedicated to loader and 1'st hdd to let only for OSes.
     
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    Unless you are a super nerd that must test many os's I would not believe the acronis propaganda. To be safe I would limit it to around 15 os's as there is evidence that this has actually been achieved by members of this forum.

    :cool: Use the search button to get the posts involved. :cool:
     
  5. dan_me

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    lol, no way so many, just want have all my apps working any moment and also test a 64 bit OS till it'll seduce me then pass to it.
    w2ks, vista 32+64, w2k pro and xp for games, 2 x linux if i'll need.
    ms-dos can be better run in a VM :doubt:

    I was glad for nothing when found this
    https://www.wilderssecurity.com/showthread.php?t=239568&highlight=os's
    something similar i need to restart in a certain OS from OSS from within Windows. It is possible and it were nice if were no confirmation windows jumping on screen one after another :'( :mad: o_O
    It is intended to be a faster mode switching to another OS so it has no sens to stop the process so many times, sad lol.
     
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    dan_me,

    I couldn't help myself. I now have 213 bootable partitions in my test computer. 96% are the same. Clones of an 8 MB DOS partition. Each took 8 seconds to create so I'm not entirely mad. But they all boot.
     
  7. dan_me

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    Wonderful, ... why don't you tell more about partitioning, one primary and the rest logical, if so how much time it takes to boot the last partition, does it sense a delay?
     
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    I'm not using OSS. All my partitions are primary and there is no delay in booting the final partition.
     
  9. MudCrab

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    dan_me,

    If you're using a boot manager that doesn't support unlimited Primary partitions (like OSS) and you have multiple internal drives, I would split the operating systems between the drives. Create four Primary partitions on one drive, two or three on the other and then Logical partitions for Linux (Linux has no problems installing to or booting from Logical partitions).

    I don't recommend using one Primary partition as the booting partition for Windows (pre-Vista) and Logicals for the main installs because Windows will assign C: to the booting partition and D: (or some other letter) to the Windows partition. This can cause all sorts of problems later on if you decide to make changes to your partitioning layout or OS setups.

    You can put Windows completely into a Logical partition, but it takes a little tweaking.
     
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