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Dual boot possible?
« on: September 08, 2005, 02:36:30 am »
I want to give Pluto a try and play around with it in spare time, but don't have another dedicated PC to throw it on. I was wondering if it's at all possible to install Pluto alongside an existing OS (like WinXP) and dual boot.
From all the reading I've done, it seems to me like the SetUp CD will destroy any data on the existing drive, before it puts itself on it.
Is that true? Or will it coexist with another OS on another partition (I would give Pluto it's own partition).

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« Reply #1 on: September 08, 2005, 10:42:42 am »
By default, it will erase you disk, but the installer will ask you if you want that before it does it. The default answer is "yes" so be carefull to read the texts. If you answer "no", the installer will ask you about partitions. There is no support for resizing existing partitions in the installer so you'll want to do that with a 3rd party utility first. You also have an option to use unallocated free space if the installer finds unpartitioned free space on disk. Since you're going to use a custom partition model, you could also make just two partitions: one mounted in / and one for swap instead of Pluto's 3 partition model (/ , /home and swap). Be sure to make it big enough (>20 GB) since, in its current form, Pluto is disk-space-hungry.