Is There An Easier Or At Least Different Ways Or A Means To Boot Between Two Or More Operating Systems On The Same Computer Without Going To BIOS Each Time To Select The Boot Device Priority Option?
Posted on 2012-04-12
Hello. I have a question to ask you. I am using a Windows 7 64-bit operating system and a Linux Ubuntu v.11.10 64-bit operating system.
Is there an easier or at least different ways or a means to boot between two or more operating systems on the same computer without going to the BIOS each time to select the boot device priority option?
Let me share with you my hardware and operating systems' configurations and setups:
I have a single desktop PC (tower computer) with two operating systems on it; namely a Windows 7 64-bit operating system and a Linux Ubuntu v.11.10 64-bit operating system. It has several internal physical hard drives with one physical hard drive dedicated with its own partition for each operating system – again, my Windows 7 64-bit and Linux Ubuntu v.11.10 64-bit. When each operating system was installed, they were installed on their own hard drives without any other hard drive connected. Therefore there is no shared booting processes occurring. The all my physical hard drives are always connected via SATA data cables to the motherboard. In order for me to change the operating system I desire to use, I have to change it in BIOS boot device priority settings to either hard drive that contains the particular operating system.
I have heard it is easier, more dependable, and more efficient method/process where I can use a USB memory stick drive or memory card arrangement to boot where I an select the operating system I wish to run and the memory stick drive or memory card arrangement boots the appropriate internal hard drive that has the desired operating system on it. In addition, I hear that there 'MANY' other methods to handle multi operating system booting like several Linux program options that are freely available without a cost associated with them. Yet, I am not familiar with 'ANY' of these different methods.
Could you please provide me your own personal instructions and/or some well documented and described resources/references with good instructional and detailed webpage(s) on how to setup a boot memory stick drive for Windows 7 64-bit and Linux Ubuntu v11.10 64-bit OR any other method you would like to share with me on the method/process. I am new to this that is why I am asking for detailed and well written instructions.
Let me add too that I am now curious as to what I set the BIOS boot device priority accurately to when I use other methods/processes besides using the BIOS for my selective operating system booting like using a USB memory stick drive or memory card arrangement? Please explain what I need to do here too.