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GPT install

Postby DrTeeth » Thu Jun 20, 2013 1:48 pm

Will it be possible, at some point, to install BIBM to a GPT disk as
disk manager?

If not, I will be keeping the MBR system...I love my BIBM too much to
lose it to something for which I have no use at the moment.
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Re: GPT install

Postby rustleg » Mon Jan 20, 2014 12:51 am

I'm asking myself the same question. The absence of a reply seems to indicate that it's fundamentally impossible for TB to redesign BIBM to work in a GPT system.

I noticed that a laptop I saw recently had a GPT UEFI Bios. I can't be sure but I'd expect it not to support reverting to MBR. I expect the writing's on the wall for MBR to become obsolete in motherboard designs soon and so, although there's plenty of life left in my 4 year old system, I'm considering whether I should upgrade now to the latest motherboard which supports the MBR system before it's too late. Not a trivial upgrade since I expect to have to buy new processor and memory as well.

What are the alternatives to running BIBM? I guess virtual machines are a possible way to go, I wonder if there are other possibilities?
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Re: GPT install

Postby DrTeeth » Wed Jan 22, 2014 2:35 pm

On Sun, 19 Jan 2014 23:51:31 PST, just as I was about to take a herb,
rustleg disturbed my reverie and wrote:

>What are the alternatives to running BIBM?

None. I'm sticking with MBR and legacy BIOS stuff as I would be
TOTALLY lost without my installed BIBM.
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Re: GPT install

Postby rustleg » Thu Jan 23, 2014 9:14 am

I am also a long time BIBM (BING) user and want to be able to run several OS's. I like the way each OS is completely unaware of any other OS's on the discs. I think I could maybe try out virtual machines as an alternative, but I'm not altogether convinced of their complete isolation from each other, in particular their cross-infection potential.

Sometimes I edit files in an OS's system partition by adding it in as a separate additional partition to a Linux system in boot edit (sometimes necessary when I screw up a system!). Then take it out later. Of course there's also the alternative of just reinstating an image.

With BIBM I feel in control, where I can play with partitions are reinstate images at will.

I've decided to bite the bullet and ordered a new PC with a current motherboard which uses the MBR system. I'll have to sell my existing system although I won't get what it's really worth to me. But I want to be able to use BIBM for as many years as I can, so I don't want to get caught out by not finding a suitable motherboard in the near future. I think it's quite possible that the motherboard manufacturers will soon go for GPT across all their boards.
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Re: GPT install

Postby DrTeeth » Thu Jan 23, 2014 12:36 pm

When I get a new system (I build it myself, I like choosing the
components) I just transfer the hard disks over. All the distros and
windows installs do not have a problem with this, expect that one must
uninstall any chipset drivers in Win XP first or it's BSOD on every
boot.

It works a treat and saves hours of work.
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Re: GPT install

Postby rustleg » Thu Jan 23, 2014 1:32 pm

I am transferring Win7 and Win8. I might also install a spare new XP I have, just for fun. I will almost certainly reinstall from scratch to get a clean system. I try to document the main procedures so that reinstallation is easier, particularly useful for Linux which I tend to install many more times. In fact I keep a "System Image Log" for each system so I know what was installed and tweaked and which image is relevant.

I don't use Windows much so I don't tend to customise it much. I keep it mainly so I can maintain my bowls club computer systems (mainly Excel macros and Access programming) and help out my friends/family when necessary.

I've always built my own systems but this time I really liked the spec of one of Quiet PC's offerings, which although quite expensive for a desktop is entirely silent except for any hard disc noise. This will be minimal as it will have a SSD and only use a spinner for backing up the NAS. I could save a bit on buying components myself but I'd hardly buy anything different so I think the extra for building and 2 years warranty is worth it. It should last at least 5 years, probably nearer 10. It's over specified, but what the heck, I'm indulging myself to feed my major pastime.
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Re: GPT install

Postby DrTeeth » Fri Jan 24, 2014 4:22 pm

On Thu, 23 Jan 2014 12:32:06 PST, just as I was about to take a herb,
rustleg disturbed my reverie and wrote:

> It's over specified, but what the heck, I'm indulging myself to feed my major pastime.

My view exactly. I like the way you catalogue your changes. I do
occasionally install an OS from scratch. The great thing about BIBM is
that one can install and customise another copy of the OS with no rush
or hurry before switching over.

I have so much to install and tweak that it takes a few hours - which
I have to say I quite enjoy!

Have fun with your new toy LOL.
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