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You certainly can run two hard disks with different operating systems on one computer, but I actually recommend setting up a virtual machine instead.
Is there any way I can get two hard disk drives in my PC with different operating systems so I can choose which to boot from?
In this excerpt from Answercast #16, I look at the difficulties, not in setting up a dual-boot system, but in using it afterwards. Many users are not happy with the results.
Absolutely. It's called a dual-boot system and you don't even need two hard drives; you can actually set up two partitions on a single hard drive. You then include a setup that, when you boot, asks you which you want to boot from.
Now, I have no articles on that. It's not something I cover and it's not something that I plan to cover specifically.
In my experience, dual-boot systems are more hassle than they are worth especially with the advent of virtual machines.
The average consumer the average user is not going to run into a scenario where they are going to setup a dual-boot system and really be happy with it.
There are so many better solutions right now.
Like I said, virtual machines are wonderful for allowing a computer to run a base operating system and then have a completely different operating system in a window on that same machine running simultaneously (rather than having to choose one or the other when you reboot.)
So, to answer your question, since I don't want to leave you empty-handed:
There will be plenty of results that will help get something like that setup.
Since it's not really something for the mainstream consumer, it's not something I spend a lot of time with. It's also not something I advise for the casual (or for the average) consumer.
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