how to boot 4 operating systems on one drive

Compaq / Sr2010nx
September 21, 2014 at 07:31:23
Specs: Linux Mint 14 Cinnamon, Athlon X2 6000+ 3.0ghz/4gb
I have a 320 gig drive and want 4 os's on it.

Roughly:

100gb for win7
40 gb for mint 17
40 gb for fedora 20
20 gb for backtrack linux
100 gb for cross local torage for all 4 os's

This is not exact just approximate as I know the drive space will differ.
I have an old mint 14 and windows dual boot but never tried a multiboot. Windows hasn't ever exceeded the 120 gig and mint is barely using 20 gig since I store most files on a 2tb nas.

What i'm not sure is how to set up more than two os's and have them all be able to read and write to a partiton. If there's a better configureation I'd like any input.

Thanks

Compaq Presario SR2010NX
Athlon X2 6000+ 3.0Ghz
4GB DDR2 800
nVidia 512mb video
Segate 500 gig sata
NEC ND-3500AG DVD R/RW
Linux Mint 14 Cinnamon


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#1
September 21, 2014 at 10:27:20
The storage partition would have to be FAT 32. Windows won't recognize any Linux partition and Linux support for NTFS is likely to be read only. You will likely need a third party utility to format it as Windows won't format a FAT 32 volume over 32 GB.

Wouldn't it be better to run Linux in a virtual machine?


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#2
September 21, 2014 at 12:50:02
Just remember that with this setup you will need to create some of the partitions as logical drives within an extended drive or else use a GPT partitioned drive. The former is the simpler. I agree with the previous suggestion that you use VMs for the Linux installs. This is much more flexible and has the additional advantage that you can run more than one machine (all if you wish) at the same time.

I would also add that I am extremely suspicious of anyone who wishes to run such a specialized distribution as Backtrack but has to ask a question like this. Backtrack only has legitimate uses for those who know what they are doing and are already familiar with Linux (in which case you would know exactly how to partition your drive with needing to ask advice). Apart from anything else it is obsolete, having been replaced by a newer distribution.


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#3
September 21, 2014 at 16:24:56
I know how to partition a drive properly, I just never installed more then 2 os's on a single drive. I have changed it up a little, partitioned with g parted into
100 for windows
80 fat32 for storage
60 for mint
And 60 for fedora

Decided not to use backtrack at this time. Backtrack isn't that hard as there were plenty of information when I played with it a few years ago. I may look for this new distribution and tinker live.

So far Windows is running and so is mint 17 so fedora is all that is left. I have just never configured this many os's and was wondering if I can just boot and install fedora and it will add to grub or do I need to do it manually.

As for fat 32 I had no problems with 80 gig partition.

Compaq Presario SR2010NX
Athlon X2 6000+ 3.0Ghz
4GB DDR2 800
nVidia 512mb video
Segate 500 gig sata
NEC ND-3500AG DVD R/RW
Linux Mint 14 Cinnamon


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