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Windows 7: Triple Boot Set-up, Installation Advice Please?


19 Aug 2010   #1

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Triple Boot Set-up, Installation Advice Please?

I would like to have a triple boot set-up on my Sony VAIO. I want to install Windows 7 64 bit, Windows Vista 32 bit, and Ubuntu (prob 64 bit).

The reason for this is, when I purchased my computer it had Vista 32 bit installed. I bought Windows 7 64 bit later and did a clean install. Many of the features were missing, or not working properly, and I've tried everything to get them up again, i.e. webcam, track-pad, "S" buttons, etc.

I have two hard drives that were originally set up in a RAID, which I undid, so I could have Windows 7 on one drive, and Ubuntu on another drive (because I couldn't get Ubuntu to install over the RAID.)

I'm thinking I should have Windows 7 and Ubuntu each 64 bit on one hard drive, and put Vista on the other hard drive, partitioning the remaining space for storage.

Does this set-up sound reasonable? What order should I install the operating systems? I'm thinking Vista first, then Windows 7, then Ubuntu.

Any advice on a triple boot of this type of config? Thanks ahead of time!


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19 Aug 2010   #2
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Hello d3mncln3r.





As you have 2 separate Hard Disk Drives (HDD) it may be a better idea to install Windows 7 and Vista on one and "Ubuntu "(prob 64 bit)" on the other, and then you could use the one time boot menu to choose the W_7/Vista HDD at boot, which will still have a dual boot menu at startup this way, or the HDD that Ubuntu is on, so the different OSs wont have to interact using Grub.

To start with only leave the HDD that you want W_7/Vista on and dis-connect the other HDD and do the clean installs to that HDD, then when they're both booting good dis-connect that HDD and connect the other and install Ubuntu, when that's booting good connect both HDDs and you will be able to use the one-time boot menu to select the HDD/OS you want to boot.


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