Planning a System

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Before you begin with the installation of the bootmanager or operating system, you should think about how you would like to organize your system:


Most important is here that you will first decide which operating systems you would like to use!


The next step should be determining how much harddisk space is required by which operating system (size of the harddisk). The manufacturer of the operating system usually already suggests a certain size, which you should use as your minimum.


It might be beneficial to reserve a part of your harddisk (a partition) to make data available for all or at least several operating systems.


It is best to leave some part of your harddisk unused (if it is large enough), so that you can use this part for later extensions.


It is very difficult to reconfigure a system once it has been set up.


Each operating system should have its own partition. You can use the bootmanager BootStar to manage up to 15 partitions per harddisk.


It is also possible to boot most of the operating systems from the 2nd harddisk (or higher), so that you might want to think about which operating system you would like to install on which harddisk. (The bootmanager BootStar supports up to four harddisks.)


Finally, the last step should consist of deciding which operating system is supposed to "see" which partitions, and which partitions should be hidden.


Some operating systems have limitations regarding booting and visibility, which have to be observed:

Problems with DOS, Windows 95/98/ME

Problems with Windows NT/2000/XP/2003/Vista

Problems with Linux


Some hardware have limitations regarding booting and running the setup, which have to be observed:

Problems with Hardware


Once you have decided how to set up your system, you should then install the bootmanager BootStar on the harddisk(s). It is advisable to install the bootmanager BootStar before installing the operating system(s), so that the separation of the operating systems functions better.


Installation on New System

Installation on Existing System


The you need to configure the bootprofiles:

Configuration of Bootprofiles


Finally, install the operating system(s):

Installation of Operating System