Can I do a partition on SSD?

I'm going to have 128GB SSD + 1TB HDD 7200RPM.

I want to put 3 Operating systems in my computer as follows:

- Windows 8.1 + Windows XP on 2 parts of the SSD (and few important programs on SSD)

- Linux Kali on part of the HDD.

The rest of the 1 TB of the HDD will be mainly for data, applications and storage.

Can I do that? and if so, how do I do it?

Thank you.

3 Answers

  • 6 years ago
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    I am not usre of how your hardware is setup.

    If win 8.1 was preinstalled you will have to shrink one of the existing partitions on the SSD and create a partition for XP. Format it to NTFS. If the SSD already has 4 primary partitions you will have to delete one of them, create an extended partition and then create a logical partition in the extended partition for XP. Be aware that this type of partition manipulation can go wrong and you could lose some or all partitions, regardless of the utility used for the changes. Be sure that you have backups.

    If the SSD is empty simply create 2 partitions; one for win 8.1 and 1 for XP.

    Create a partition for linux on the other hd and format it during the install with the linux format (probably ext4). Create any other partition that you will need. Linux does not have any problem using a NTFS partition.

    The last OS installed will install its bootloader. The linux bootloader (grub) can boot all 3 Oses and will give a menu with OS options.

    The windows bootloader will not recognize linux and omit it. You can edit the windows bootloader to include linux If you install linux last and want the windows bootloader you will have to reinstall it.

    Google for how to reinstall windows bootloader:

    Google for how to edit windows bootloader:

    I hope I have your hardware configuration correct.

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  • Anonymous
    6 years ago

    That's a lot of OS's for one little SSD. Why not put Windows 7 instead of XP by the way?

    But what you basically have to do is not plug in the HDD when installing the OS's (just leave ONLY the SSD plugged in) and then install Windows XP (or Ahem, 7) and THEN Windows 8.1. Dual booting is easier if you install the older OS first in my experience. Then, when all is said and done, plug in ONLY the hard drive, open your BIOS at startup and make sure it's configured for IDE. Then plug in the SSD, boot Windows 8 or XP and plug in the hard drive when booted up. It should allow you to move files to it now.

    Hope this helps! Also, don't quote me on this process, I've done lots of weird booting things (iMac with OSX, Windows and Linux as well as my Lenovo desktop with 7 and 8) but I can't guarantee that this will work perfectly.

    If you need more details on setting the SSD as the boot drive, watch this

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  • 6 years ago

    Run addition operation system in virtual machines such as the free VMware Player or VirtualBox. It’s much cleaner since you don’t have to bother with partitions. The virtual machine virtual hard drive file sits on your PC just like any other file.

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