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Old 29. Dec 2009, 02:51 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Just curious.

Has anyone experienced problems with VMWare and VirtualBox corrupting their Linux partition? I have even had to resort to restoring my linux system from a saved image file.
(Which was easy because it all fits on a DVD disk using Acronis true image)

To put things in context, I have Linux installed on my second internal Hardrive (slave) which has two partitions One with a pristine Windows XP OS and second being used for my linux OS.

I would like to have way to try different Linux distro's running from the hardrive. which I believe runs smoother than from a live CD.

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Old 03. Jan 2010, 04:41 AM   #2 (permalink)
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If you want to try Linux at its full potential then installing it alongside your current OS will do, kinda like Tri-boot or Quad-boot instead of just Dual-boot.

Anyways, I use VirtualBox(vBulletin) to occasionally check out other distros and they have never corrupted my partitions and hopefully never will. Normally when I use vBulletin, I just load the Linux .iso file in vBulletin so I don't need to burn them to a CD, give it a little less than half my current RAM and on average a virtual hard disk with about 5GB space.

So far, my experience with Linux in vBulletin has been slow as in the speed is just significantly faster than in LiveCD mode.

Also, see here: http://www.dedoimedo.com/computer_so...virtualization
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I have used both VMware and VirtualBox in Linux and have never had such a problem. Currently using Ubuntu 9.10. I use VirtualBox exclusively now and is the way I normally run windows on my machine. (XP & 7)

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Old 04. Jan 2010, 03:34 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I have tried vBulletin and VM. A couple attempts with both within the last year. Using a cd and a .iso file to load from. Fixed and expanding vitual box drive space. Aways resulting in corrupting my linux partition. I am somewhat hesitant to make another partition. I have heard its not a good idea to have more than two partions on a hard drive. Perhaps things have changed in that area. Thanks for the inputs

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I have heard its not a good idea to have more than two partions on a hard drive. Perhaps things have changed in that area...
Perhaps it's more in relation to the total size of a harddisk? IMO, if a harddisk is big enough, I don't see the reasons for not having more partitions so long as each partition is assigned to a sufficient size for its specific use.
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Perhaps it's more in relation to the total size of a hard disk? IMO, if a hard disk is big enough, I don't see the reasons for not having more partitions so long as each partition is assigned to a sufficient size for its specific use.
I done some more reading on the subject. It seems the majority of opinions agree with you. Still I have decided to go ahead and buy a external usb drive, Image my Winxp and linux OS's. Reformat the pristine windows partition and have a party on my second internal drive with no fear The benefit will be no slow downs experienced in using a virtual drive. I have been itching to test drive 4 or 5 or even more linus distro's

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...I have been itching to test drive 4 or 5 or even more linus distro's
Good. After which, share with us which Linux distro is the best, or better still, put something in this stub Best Simple Linux Distro if I'm not asking or hoping for too much.
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linus distro's
Linus distro's? In wdhpr's post, I read it as Linux distro's, then when Jojoyee quote that sentence, I read it as Linus distro's. I wonder if anyone else noticed it....
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No. Until you pointed out.
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Linus distro's? In wdhpr's post, I read it as Linux distro's, then when Jojoyee quote that sentence, I read it as Linus distro's. I wonder if anyone else noticed it....
Darn spell checker

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