On Wed, Oct 1, 2008 at 8:04 AM, Linuxguy123 <linuxguy123@gmail.com> wrote:

On Wed, 2008-10-01 at 09:31 -0500, Kevin Martin wrote:
> IMHO you don't need a Windows partition in this day and age...just run
> VirtualBox or VMware Server and then install a Windows guest O.S. under
> that.  I do that every day (unfortunately as a work requirement because
> they will only provide me a Windows based VPN solution).

My laptop has an eSATA port which allows an external hard drive to run
as if it was installed in the machine.

If I ever need to run Windows, I will probably set up an external drive
and run it from that.  I have to check if one can run Windows from a
drive other than sda or hda... I am hoping one can.  I think just grub
needs to be on sda... or so I hope.


Hopefully some Grub experts will chime in but I think the worst case would be if plugging in the eSATA drive caused your BIOS to try to boot to it first instead of your main HD. Just make sure Grub it set to load your system by LABEL or better yet UUID in case the /dev/sdx assignments get swapped around when you have the eSATA drive connected.

I have had occasional issues with mixed PATA/SATA systems on older (F7 and before I think?) which had both /dev/hda and /dev/sda assignments. Now since everything is /dev/sda etc. it probably doesn't matter as much.