Triple boot XP (32bit), 7 (64bit), Ubuntu (64bit) on a 3TB drive

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  1. Bontakun

    Bontakun [H]Lite

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    How do I seamlessly make a triple boot of XP (32bit), 7 (64bit), Ubuntu (64bit) on a single 3TB hard drive without needing to switch between UEFI and BIOS? I'm trying to make 7 the largest partition, and the other two smaller. I know MBR has a 2TB limit, but is that limit per drive or per partition?

    Thanks in advance.
     
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  2. xLokiX

    xLokiX Limp Gawd

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    Partition the drive into the 3 sizes you want. Install XP first, then 7, and Ubuntu last so grub doesn't get messed up. It would be easier and quicker to just install windows 7 and then make Vm's of XP and Ubuntu though. Is there any reason those can't be virtualized?
     
  3. Armenius

    Armenius I Drive Myself to the [H]ospital

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    The partition table is for the whole disk, so using an MBR would limit the drive's capacity to 2.2TB. It would be a shame to limit that disk to 2.2TB. If I were you I would set it up with a GPT and virtualize XP inside of W7 so I could access the max capacity of the drive.
     
  4. Tsumi

    Tsumi [H]ardForum Junkie

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    Virtualization would be the best unless there was some technical reason you can't do it.
     
  5. DeaconFrost

    DeaconFrost [H]ardForum Junkie

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    That's what I was thinking. You can do it at no cost, and still utilize the other OSes. It simplifies your setup, and allows you to use more than one OS at the same time.
     
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    rhansen5_99 [H]ard|Gawd

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  7. Unknown-One

    Unknown-One [H]ardForum Junkie

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    It's actually only about 500GB of extra space (a 3TB drive is really only 2.72 TB)