Is it possible to install different operating systems in a single partition of harddisk?

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is it possible to install different operating systems in a single partion of harddisk

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To be honest its a recipe for disaster. Assuming that 2 compatible operating systems could coexist on the same file system (XP and 2K for instance) then the potential for problems if huge.
I would recommend that if you are planning to install multiple operating systems on the same machine that you have a partition per operating system.

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  • shanekearney
    I totally agree with Mattmather dont do it!!! just create a partition and dual boot or use a virtual machine inside your main OS Shane.
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  • carlosdl
    Why would you want to do that ? If you don't want to re-partition your disk, virtualization is your best bet.
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  • TomLiotta
    Try running defrag on a Win2K system and on a different WinXP system and become familiar with the graphical representation. Notice how the graphical display shows areas of the disk (the partition) that are 'Reserved' by the OS. You really don't want to untangle a system where two OSes have both 'Reserved' the same disk sectors for their own use. Tom
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