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#1 2021-02-23 17:22:28

Zeash
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Booting Win10 on a separate disk from Arch

Hello,
This is a question regarding the use of both Arch Linux and Windows 10. Since dual booting on the same disk isn't an option due to the lack of stability, I was wondering if having it on a separate disk would make a difference at all? And while we're at that is there anything that Arch has to offer to make a real dual boot more stable?

As for potential questions you might have:

1) Why don't you just use a virtual machine?
At best a "stable" Windows 10 VM should use roughly a quarter of the PC's resources, as far as I know anyway (I'm using VirtualBox). And while that can support your usual MS Office programs, CDs, printers and whatever else might not work under Linux, it most definitely does not function with any program that requires more resources, such as the vast majority of games, unless you have a real monster PC.

2) How is dual booting on the same disk unstable?
As far as I've heard, different people have different experiences regarding this. I've already had an experience with dual booting Windows 10 and Linux Mint 20, let's just say it wasn't fun to say the very least (Windows straight up broke after 2 or 3 updates, all valuable files lost). That's why it's really not an option.

Thanks for reading.

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#2 2021-02-23 17:27:18

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Re: Booting Win10 on a separate disk from Arch

Zeash wrote:

I've already had an experience with dual booting Windows 10 and Linux Mint 20, let's just say it wasn't fun to say the very least (Windows straight up broke after 2 or 3 updates, all valuable files lost).

Did you remember to disable "fast startup" [sic] in Windows?

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#3 2021-02-23 18:03:32

Zeash
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Re: Booting Win10 on a separate disk from Arch

Head_on_a_Stick wrote:
Zeash wrote:

I've already had an experience with dual booting Windows 10 and Linux Mint 20, let's just say it wasn't fun to say the very least (Windows straight up broke after 2 or 3 updates, all valuable files lost).

Did you remember to disable "fast startup" [sic] in Windows?

I haven't, to be honest I didn't even know that was a thing. I did a quick google search and apparently it helps with dual booting Win10 and Linux. How much safer is it, though?

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#4 2021-02-23 18:05:12

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Re: Booting Win10 on a separate disk from Arch

Well it stops the Windows files from getting damaged when you boot Linux after Windows has entered it's hybrid shutdown state.

See https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Du … s_settings

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#5 2021-02-23 18:07:36

Zeash
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Re: Booting Win10 on a separate disk from Arch

So it essentially stops it from breaking completely, or is there still some risk involved in dual booting? I know I'm being quite persistent, but to be honest I want to know exactly what I'm getting myself into if I'm gonna be dual booting.

Last edited by Zeash (2021-02-23 18:08:02)

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#6 2021-02-23 18:12:34

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Re: Booting Win10 on a separate disk from Arch

I've never had any problems multi booting with Windows — I've had several Linux distributions on the same disk with Windows and OpenBSD — but I never really use Windows very much. If you wait a bit perhaps people with more experience of this will comment.

Anyway, make sure you always have a backup, just in case.

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#7 2021-02-23 18:13:03

Zeash
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Re: Booting Win10 on a separate disk from Arch

Alright, thanks!

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#8 2021-03-09 14:13:29

Neonvieh
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Re: Booting Win10 on a separate disk from Arch

Referring to a answer given in another thread. I do not claim to know the complete picture but offer my knowledge. Seperating windows and Linux OS partitions physically is probably a good idea although i have yet to do this persistantly.

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#9 2021-03-09 18:45:19

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Re: Booting Win10 on a separate disk from Arch

Zeash wrote:

2) How is dual booting on the same disk unstable?
As far as I've heard, different people have different experiences regarding this. I've already had an experience with dual booting Windows 10 and Linux Mint 20, let's just say it wasn't fun to say the very least (Windows straight up broke after 2 or 3 updates, all valuable files lost).

I am using a dual boot configuration of Windows and Linux on the same SSD (and HDD before this) for about 10 years without any issues. I never used hibernation. Maybe, your data loss was caused by Windows updates?


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