bloodrainbow
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Multiple OS Boot

Fri Feb 20, 2015 7:42 pm

Hello, and apologies for this totally remedial question. I'm hoping it will be possible to switch between multiple OS installs (say RetroPie, OSMC, RISC) on the same SD card, am I totally barking up the wrong tree? Will I need to switch between different cards? What should I be thinking about if this is my plan?

Absolute beginner trying to figure out first purchases, thanks for your help.

oc3rulz
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Re: Multiple OS Boot

Sat Feb 21, 2015 6:16 am

Berryboot, it's insanely easy to use.

1. Install on a blank SD Card (it will format the SD Card)
2. Pick the OS(s) you wish to use
3. Install and set default OS to boot
4. Enjoy

http://www.berryterminal.com/doku.php/berryboot

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Re: Multiple OS Boot

Sat Feb 21, 2015 9:12 am

BerryBoot forces you to use the same kernel on all OS ,
so propably won't work with RiscOS.
NOOBS does not allow changing the selction of OS after the
first boot. IMHO the "recovery mode" of NOOBS should be
called "nuke it all" mode intead ,too.

Both multiboot approaches make space-saving
and reusable backup painful on Windows systems and
cumbersome on Linux machines.

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Re: Multiple OS Boot

Sat Feb 21, 2015 9:41 am

bloodrainbow wrote:Hello, and apologies for this totally remedial question. I'm hoping it will be possible to switch between multiple OS installs (say RetroPie, OSMC, RISC) on the same SD card, am I totally barking up the wrong tree? Will I need to switch between different cards? What should I be thinking about if this is my plan?

Absolute beginner trying to figure out first purchases, thanks for your help.
Personally for a newcomer would advise to install each OS on a seperate SD Card, though it is only an opinion.
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Re: Multiple OS Boot

Sat Feb 21, 2015 9:45 am

fruitoftheloom wrote: Personally for a newcomer would advise to install each OS on a seperate SD Card, though it is only an opinion.
+1
It's not like we have a hard task swapping an SDcard, unlike swapping out a hard drive in a PC (which is more than a five second job).

The only justification for multi boot managers like Berryboot or NOBS is if you are tens of miles or more from your RPi.
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Re: Multiple OS Boot

Sun Mar 01, 2015 11:59 pm

Thanks very much for the advice everyone. I decided to keep things simple and opt for multiple cards, excited to get started!

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