Preparing to install Linux Mint onto Windows 7 64
I'm getting a new 1T hdd on my so-so gaming rig because I am tired of Win7's getting malwared and slow.
The hours spent reviewing, downloading, running "repair" and maintenance programs for Win7 is driving me to get a dual-drive system where I have one Win7 native drive and one Linux native drive. My Linux drive will be for everyday computing and my Windows drive will be for Starcraft 2, Steam, and Netflix (unless they will work well on Linux).
Searching the forums I find individual problems with dual-boot systems using Win7 64, but what I'd like is any advice pre-install. Actually all the problems people report with newer systems, Windows 7, and the latest versions of Ubuntu Linux are a little worrisome .
I've made a Win7 rescue CD and a Boot-Repair CD. Just in case.
My idea is to install the new WD Black 1T drive when it comes today and then to run a Cinnamon Mint 13 DVD to install it on that drive.
I EXPECT then to have Win7 64 on physical HDD1 (1.4TB) and Linux Mint on physical HDD2.
That seems the simplest way to proceed. This should work EZ-PZ, right? I'll have a no-fuss dual-boot system with no partitioning headaches.
What I'd like to do but which seems too complicated is to put Linux on HDD1 and have Windows 7 on HDD2. The problem is that my only back-up copy of Windows 7 is on a separate hidden partition of HDD1 (thanks to Dell). I'd kinda like my games to run off the WD Black harddrive.
Thanks for taking the time to read this, and if you have any advice, links, or recent threads you know of covering my situation--stuff I should know--I'd really like to hear it.
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium [sucks]
Version 6.1.7601 Service Pack 1 Build 7601
System Manufacturer Dell Inc.
System Model Studio XPS 9100
System Type x64-based PC
Processor Intel(R) Core(TM) i7 CPU 930 @ 2.80GHz, 2801 Mhz, 4 Core(s), 8 Logical
Installed Physical Memory (RAM) 9.00 GB
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 SE
Realtek High Definition Audio
Description Local Fixed Disk
File System NTFS
Size 1.35 TB (1,487,107,256,320 bytes)
Free Space 887.15 GB (952,568,496,128 bytes)
Dell Mini 9: Atom 1.6GHz/32GB SSD/2GB RAM: Jolicloud 1.1
Dell XPS 9100 Ubuntu 12.04 LTS/Win7